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Examining How an Inclusive Economy Approach Can Inform Economic Development in Urban and Rural Alberta

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  • SSHRC IG awarded 2021: Adopting a community-based participatory research approach, this project will use a comparative case study methodology to examine how an inclusive economy approach is being used to inform economic development in Edmonton (urban) and Drayton Valley (rural). This will be accomplished by: 1) examining the implementation of each community's strategies to understand the facilitators and barriers similar and unique to each, as well as new patterns across the cases; 2) assessing the initial effects of each community's strategies, with particular focus on (in)equity of distribution; and 3) engaging with each community's stakeholders from community-based organizations, varying levels of government, industry, and educational institutions to mobilize learning and inform research, policy and practice. With an interpretivist lens, we will draw on a number of qualitative and quantitative methods to achieve our project objectives, including participant observation, interviews, and surveys. Data will be analyzed iteratively using descriptive and inferential statistics and constant comparison with particular attention to intersectional axis of power and the distribution of effects. Through this project we can begin to address a significant gap in the research literature and generate knowledge to inform research, policy and practice.

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    © Mayan, Maria. All rights reserved other than by permission. This document is embargoed to those without UAlberta CCID until 2026.