The central research goal of this project is to examine the concept of resiliency within the context of rural and resource-based communities to address the often problematic relationship(s) between resource reliance, community well-being, and adaptive capacity.
1. Theoretical: to investigate how a rural and/or resource-based community that has been experiencing rapid growth (or decline) is able to adapt, prepare for, and become resilient to change (e.g. decreasing oil prices, rapid population decrease).
2. Practical: to work with rural and/or resource-based communities and develop an appropriate interview guide to conduct semi-structured qualitative interviews to understand areas of resident concern to inform municipal policy to help ensure the long-term resiliency of the community.
3. Empirical: to gain experience and understanding of rural and/or resource-based communities in order to develop an "online toolbox" of advice, experiences, and stories as a resource that is publically and freely accessible to enable resource-based communities to improve their own resiliency, and in turn, the overall resiliency of the economy.