A Case Study of Regional Economic Resilience of a Canadian Resource-Based Community

  • Author / Creator
    Jahan, Nushrat
  • This research examines the regional economic resilience of resource-based communities (RBCs) in a Canadian context. The Town of Devon in the province of Alberta, Canada is a case study for this project. The objectives of this study are 1) To develop a conceptual analytic framework to evaluate regional economic resilience of a resource-based community; 2) To assess economic, social, environmental, and infrastructural forms of resilience and the role of governance from publicly available archived quantitative and qualitative data based on the developed analytic framework; and 3) To identify priority development areas of municipal and regional policy documents through content analysis and assess the role of governance in directing the regional economic resilience of Devon. The research utilizes secondary quantitative and qualitative data and thematic content analysis of regional and municipal policy documents. Secondary data was collected through federal and regional data depositories and informal discussions with the municipality. The research is instrumental in nature and can be used to highlight processes to increase a resource-based community’s resilience. The findings are discussed based on the developed analytic framework of regional economic resilience, and the themes emerged from content analysis of policy documents. Three key findings can be drawn from this research. The first is that resilience of a resource-based community is achievable. The second is that Devon has typical social, economic and environmental characteristics of an RBC but has experienced a shift towards resilience in social and environmental domains. The shift is owed to municipal initiatives and policy orientation focused on community facility development and environmental resilience. The third finding is related to Devon’s attempts to take advantage of its geographical location and regional setting to increase the economic diversification and long-term resilience. The challenges of achieving resilience in an RBC like Devon is that several factors of regional economic resilience are beyond the local government’s jurisdiction and there is the absence of comprehensive approach to addressing this issue.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2017
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    Master of Arts
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