Doug Ramsey

Doug Ramsey
Brandon University · Rural Development

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am interested in better understanding the condition of communities and how they respond to change. Some of the work I have been involved with in recent years includes: agricultural restructuring and diversification rural tourism rural community well-being and health

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Publications (37)
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Public health and media discourses have often portrayed older adults as a vulnerable group during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, some emerging research is showing that older adults are faring better in terms of their mental health when compared to their younger counterparts. Understanding older adults' mental well-being during the pandemic requires in...
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Older adults have been described as a vulnerable group in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Canada, where this study took place, older adults have been encouraged to self-isolate while the rest of the population has been cautioned against in-person contact with them. Prior to COVID-19, social isolation and loneliness among older adul...
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Border issues continue to be of interest in tourism literature, most significantly that which focusses on cross-border shopping (e.g., currency values, taxation, security). Borders as destinations are recognized in this area but the notion of shopping as a destination is perhaps less acknowledged. Following a review of the relevant literature, incl...
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en In recent years, ranching landscapes in the region of Calgary, Alberta have experienced intensifying land‐use pressures related to urban growth and development. At the same time, Alberta's land‐use policies have introduced voluntary, market‐based incentives to encourage the conservation and stewardship of private land. Given this new emphasis, t...
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This paper begins with a review of the literature on tourism in rural economies, to establish a framework for analyzing large-scale tourism products in rural and small town regions. The review is followed by the development of a typology of large-scale attractions in rural and small town regions, including parks, casinos, events, heritage, and cult...
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The aim of this investigation was to obtain some baseline self-reported data on the health status and overall quality of life of a sample of residents of the city of Brandon, Manitoba aged 18 years or older, and to measure the impact of a set of designated health determinants, comparison standards and satisfaction with diverse domains of life on th...
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The purpose of this first issue of our research bulletin is to introduce you to our project and members. This national, three-year study will examine how the changing role and value of agriculture within Canadian society today might affect agricultural land use planning within and across national, provincial and local jurisdictions. We have three o...
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These discussions and an analysis of them as well as of the research undertaken over the last 4 years will be the subject of various publications in the near future.
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The purpose of this study is to explore the applicability of the creative destruction model in the case of Change Islands and Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada, which may through preservation be delaying the threat of creative destruction. Using a mixed methods approach, this study seeks to understand the evolution of tourism planning and developme...
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While research on rural depopulation and urbanization to large cities has dominated the literature for decades, small city growth has been largely ignored. Yet, small cities are important to the regional systems in which they are located, including serving as centres to their rural surround. This paper is concerned about growth and change in small...
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This paper presents a place-based case of some of the social and economic effects that globalization, and specifically international trade, can have on rural development. Using a historical description and semi-structured interviews, it focuses on a member led organic and fair-trade organization in Southern Belize. Our understanding of how globaliz...
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The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC) in Morden, Manitoba, Canada, is home to the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in North America. The CFDC houses thousands of local finds from active dig sites across the Manitoba Escarpment. The Museum has experienced average annual increases in visitation since 1994, is noted as a Manitoba Sta...
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Abstract Recent calls for national food policies that promote greater food sovereignty represent an emerging concern of public policy. Such a shift in food policy toward greater citizen control over domestic food supplies would have significant implications for all aspects of the agri-food system. One area of concern is the conservation and use of...
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The aim of this investigation was to obtain some baseline self-reported data on the health status and overall quality of life of a sample of residents of the city of Brandon, Manitoba aged 18years or older, and to measure the impact of a set of designated health determinants, comparison standards and satisfaction with diverse domains of life on the...
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This article examines the governance structures for managing the location and operation of Intensive Livestock Farming Operations (ILFOs). The article focuses on the hog sector and compares two very different jurisdictions: the Province of Manitoba, Canada and the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Spain. Both are regions that have witnessed recent...
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Tapping into a growing global tourism market, in recent years the Government of Belize has been marketing and promoting tourism as its primary economic sector. The latest efforts have included the cruise ship sector and marketing Mayan cultural history for tourism. Three phases of Mayan excavation can be identified: (1) pre-mid-1990s when sites wer...
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Central areas, even of smaller cities, have been experiencing social and economic difficulties for a number of decades. The structure of urban government in Canada does not easily lend itself to the revitalisation of these areas, whereas the forces that are exacerbating the problems are often encouraged (deliberately or accidentally) by the various...
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The impacts of, and responses to, climate change have been of recent interest to social scientists. The purpose of this paper is to present results from a case study examining farm-level adaptation, within the relevant social, political, and economic context, to risks and opportunities presented by climate change in one region of Manitoba, the Park...
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Rural areas in many parts of the world are facing issues such as economic restructuring, environmental degradation, aging, and depopulation. These issues impact the health and wellbeing of the people living in rural communities. The purpose of this study was to assess rural healthcare managers' understanding of rural community wellbeing. Specifical...
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Rural tourism case studies are highlighted within the "Westman" vernacular region of Manitoba. A "trails model" is developed to illustrate how the creation or re-creation of place is being used as a community development strategy. Examples include Arden, a village that is attempting to become a tourist destination, Neepawa that has already had cons...
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This book, consisting of 24 chapters, draws upon selected, revised, and edited papers from the 5th British-American Rural Geography Symposium held in Devon in July 2003. It focuses on rural regions in the UK, the USA, and Canada that are facing conflicting demands, pressures and challenges, having far-reaching implications for rural space and socie...
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Restructuring of specialized agricultural production systems is a widespread phenomenon in all developed economies. As such, fluecured tobacco production in southern Ontario is both typical in terms of its restructuring in response to capital intensification, but atypical in that restructuring has also occurred as a result of official pressures to...
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In this paper we develop a model of changes in rural community well-being. The model conceptualizes four interrelated dimensions of rural community well-being: physical, psychological, social, and economic. The model recognizes that a range of external forces (political, economic, etc.) exert pressures on rural communities, of which changes in well...
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Rural areas -like urban areas -are sources of community. However, communities and community life in rural areas such as southwestern Manitoba face many unique challenges, including agricultural restructuring, rural depopulation, and the resultant loss of local services (e.g., health, education, business). This paper reports on two exercises underta...
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Impacts of the forces and processes of agricultural restructuring are described in this paper through an analysis of farmers’ ‘lived experience’ in the tobacco sector of Ontario, Canada. The paper argues that the political and economic changes in the 1980s fundamentally altered tobacco farming and the broader rural community. The analysis is based...
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Southern Manitoba's landscape, vastly altered through a century of agricultural settlement, has become further transformed with the industrialization of agriculture in recent years. One of the impacts of these changes has been the further loss of wildlife habitat. The Habitat Conservation Partnership Agreement (HCPA), financed by Ducks Unlimited Ca...
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Health care issues in rural areas are dominating the public policy agendas throughout the western world. The issues are many and varied. Canada is no different in this regard, as there are many rural areas with concerns about health care delivery in the face of declining populations. With 80 percent of Canadians living in urban, making the case for...

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