Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies and Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute. His research examines rural and small town community development, and community strategies for coping with social and economic change, all with a focus upon northern B.C.’s resource-based towns. Greg has served on the governing council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Advisory Committee on Rural Issues for the Federal Secretary of State for Rural Development, the Community Advisory Committee for the BC Ministry of Forests Mountain Pine Beetle Task Force, and other advisory committees.
Greg, Laura Ryser, and Sean Markey looked at the experiences of resource sector workers as they maneuvered labour mobility processes through large-scale industry activity in northern BC. We used the upswing in economic activity in northern BC to conduct a real time examination of the construction and operations workers as they participated in the local economy. To complement this research, our team also examined local government strategies to pursue opportunities and address challenges related to mobile workforces. A third component of this research explored factors that shaped opportunities for local businesses to engage in the supply chains related to mobile workforces.
Markey, Ryser, L., Halseth, G. and Markey, S. Published online: 16 Jun 2020. “Dis-orienting Mobile Construction Workforces: Impacts and Externalities within the Political Economy of Resource-based Regions.” Labour and Industry https://doi.org/10.1080/10301763.2020.1752353
Buse, C., Halseth, G., Sax, M., Jackson, J., Nowak, N., Fyfe, T. and Fresco, T. 2019. “Locating community impacts of unconventional natural gas across the supply chain: A scoping review.” The Extractive Industries and Society, 6 (2): 620-629. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2019.03.002
Markey, S., Halseth, G., Argent, N., Boron, J. and Ryser, L. 2019. “Bending the Arc of the Staples Trap: Negotiating Rural Resource Revenues in an Age of Policy Incoherence.” Journal of Rural Studies, 67: 25-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.02.002
Tuulentie, S., Kietäväinen, A., Halseth, G., Ryser, L., and Simila, J. 2019. “Local community participation in mining in Finnish Lapland and Northern British Columbia, Canada – Practical applications of CSR and SLO.” Resources Policy 61: 99-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2019.01.015
Ryser, L., Halseth, G., Markey, S., Gunton, C. and Argent, N. 2019. “Path dependency or investing in place: Understanding the changing conditions for rural resource regions.” The Extractive Industries and Society, 6: 29-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.10.009
Ryser, L., Markey, S., Halseth, G. and Welch. K. 2019. “Moving from Mobility to Immobility in the Political Economy of Resource-Dependent Regions.” Applied Mobilities. 4(3), 307-328 https://doi.org/10.1080/23800127.2017.1421290
Halseth, G., Markey, S., Ryser, L., Hanlon, N. and Skinner, M. 2017. “Exploring new development pathways in a remote mining town: The case of Tumbler Ridge, BC, Canada.” The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 12(2/3): 1-22. https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/article/view/1432
Ryser, L., Halseth, G., Markey, S. and Morris, M. 2017. New Mobile Realities in Mature Staples-Dependent Resource Regions: Local Governments and Work Camps. Environment and Planning C: Politics and space, 35(3): 500-517. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X16668171.
Ryser, L., Halseth, G., Markey, S. and Morris, M. 2016. “The structural underpinnings impacting rapid growth in resource regions.” Extractive Industries and Society. 3: 616–626. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2016.06.001
Ryser, L., Markey, S. and Halseth, G. 2016. “The workers’ perspective: The impacts of long distance labour commuting in a northern Canadian small town.” Extractive Industries and Society. 3: 594–605. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2016.02.002
Manson, D., Markey, S., Ryser, L. and Halseth, G. 2016 “Recession Response: Cyclical Problems and Local Solutions in Northern British Columbia”. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. 107 (1): 100-114. DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12153
Halseth, G. and Ryser, L. 2016. “Rapid change in small towns: When social capital collides with political/bureaucratic inertia”. Community Development. 47(1): 106-121. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15575330.2015.1105271
Markey, S., Ryser, L. and Halseth, G. 2015. “We’re in this all together:” Community Impacts of Long-distance Labour Commuting. Rural Society. 24(2): 131-153. https://doi.org/10.1080/10371656.2015.1060717
Zirul, C., Halseth, G., Markey, S., and Ryser, L. 2015. “Struggling with new regionalism: Government trumps governance in Northern British Columbia, Canada”. The Journal of Rural and Community Development. 10(2): 136-165. https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/article/view/1193
Sullivan, L., Ryser, L. and Halseth, G. 2014. “Recognizing Change, Recognizing Rural: The New Rural Economy and Towards a New Model of Rural Service”. Journal of Rural and Community Development. 9(4): 219-245. https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/article/view/1188
Ryser, L. and Halseth, G. 2014. “On the Edge in Rural Canada: The Changing Capacity and Role of the Voluntary Sector”. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Sociology Economy Research. 5 (1): 41-56. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjnser.2014v5n1a162
Halseth, G., Ryser, L., Markey, S. and Martin, A. 2014. “Emergence, transition, and continuity: Resource Commodity Production Pathways in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada”. Journal of Rural Studies. 36: 350-361. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.03.010
Ryser, L., Markey, S., Manson, D., Schwamborn, J. and Halseth, G. 2014. “From Boom and Bust to Regional Waves: Development Patterns in the Peace River Region, British Columbia”. Journal of Rural and Community Development. 9(1): 87-111. https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/article/view/837
Ryser, L. and Halseth, G. 2012. “Resolving mobility constraints impeding rural seniors’ access to regionalized services”. Journal of Aging and Social Policy. 24: 328–344. DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2012.683329
Ryser, L. and Halseth, G. 2010. “Rural Economic Development: A Review of the Literature from Industrialized Economies”, Geography Compass, 4(6): 510-531. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00321.x
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