Category Archives: Research

New book out!

I am pleased to announce that a new publication is available online via InPlanning:

Title: Boom & Bust: Local strategy for big events – a community survival guide to turbulent times
Authors: Van Assche, Deacon, Gruezmacher, Summers, Lavoie, Jones, Granzow, Hallstrom, Parkins

Link: Boom & Bust

Van Assche, K., Deacon, L., and Gruezmacher, M., Summers, R. J., Lavoie, S., Jones, K. E., Granzow, M., Hallstrom, L., and Parkins, J. 2017. Boom & Bust Local Strategy for Big Events: a community survival guide to turbulent times. Porto, Portugal: Association of European Schools of Planning (ASEOP). DOI: 10.17418/B.2017.9789491937330. 256 pages.

Great news!! Funding secured!!!

Great news! Funding has been secured to expand the Sustainable Community Planning Development project. I would like to thank the Kule Institute for Advance Study (KIAS) for their support of the project. The new communities will be spread across the North West Territories and Newfoundland. I would like to thank the Municipality of Yellowknife, the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Dr. Keith Storey, Mark Shrimpton, and Michael Clair for supporting the project.

Details to come in the near future.



Article available online

A quick update, a recent article “Fort McMurray and the Canadian oil sands: Local Coverage of National Importance” written by Jake Papineau and Leith Deacon is now available online via the Environmental Communication website. The complete article can be found at this address:

The abstract is:  Understanding resource-based communities (RBCs) as potential casualties of Canada’s economic proclivity towards resource extraction projects may help us to generate political support for these communities at both local and national scales. The media has a critical role to play in promoting the development of this type of political discourse. This study examines how traditional print media coverage affects Canadians’ perceptions of the Athabasca oil sands. A quantitative media analysis examines scope and thematic content of articles appearing in major Canadian newspapers between 2003 and 2013. We find that most coverage concerning the Athabasca oil sands over this period appears predominantly in western Canadian newspapers, with coverage primarily focusing on specific events. We argue that this geographic disparity in coverage does not provide Canadians with the adequate coverage necessary to develop an informed opinion on what the implications of ongoing oil sands development are at both a local and a national scale.


Welcome to Sustainable Community Planning Development!

Welcome to the Sustainable Community Planning Development website!!!

This is the the first blog-entry post for our new research blog.

This page is designed to act as a space that can be accessed by anyone interested in issues related to concepts of resiliency, sustainability, planning, and community development.

Our research project is conducting work examining these concepts from a broad perspective as they relate to resource-based communities. Thus far we have visited 14 communities across Canada and have conducted over 120 interviews with local stakeholders, politicians, and policy-makers.

The central goal of this project is to examine the concept of resiliency within the context of resource-based communities to address the often problematic relationship(s) between resource reliance, community well-being, and adaptive capacity.

This blog will be used as a medium to highlight to most recent publications, results, advice or updates related to the project.

Thank you for visiting and we look forward to updating the blog soon!