Rural Study Group

The Rural Geography Study Group is a sub-group of the Canadian Association of Geographers. Doug Ramsey was Chair of the RGSG from 2000 to 2007. He is now co-chair with Dr. Rhonda Koster of Lakehead University. To become a member, you must also be a member of the CAG. Membership in the study group is only $5.

In the past we have organized special sessions at the Annual Meetings of the CAG. Of particular note is a volume of papers compiled from the special sessions of the 2001 and 2002 CAG meetings. This publication is available through the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University.

Ramsey, D. and C. Bryant. (eds.) 2004. The Structure and Dynamics of Rural Territories. Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Members of the RGSG have also had a strong presence at the Quadrennial meetings of British, Canadian and American Geographers. Past meetings have been held in Spokane, Washington (2007), Plymouth and Exeter, England (2003), Nova Scotia/New Brunswick (1999), North Carolina (1995). Canada will host the next meeting in Manitoba and Saskatchewan in 2011. In the past, the RGSG has provided financial assistance to a student to attend these meetings.

The RGSG manages an email list of members and hosts a study group lunch at the annual meetings of the CAG. The 2009 meeting will be held at Carleton University in Ottawa. Special sessions will be organized for that meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact myself, Doug Ramsey ( or Rhonda Koster (

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