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Without intention: Rural responses to uncovering the hidden aspects of homelessness in Ontario 2000 to 2007

This thesis analyzes the impact of the political decision to broaden the scope of the Government of Canada's 3-year National Homelessness Initiative (Human Resource Development Canada, NHI, 2002) from an urban focus to one that includes smaller communities. This change provided the opportunity to study...
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Views of agriculture: Understanding farmers' attitudes to identify strategies for improving rural landscape planning

Increased concern over the loss of public support for agriculture, the conversion of farmland to urban development, and the growing recognition of the environmental impact of industrial agricultural practices demonstrate the challenges facing farmers today. The response to these challenges has varied and demonstrates the...
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Wayanad widows: A study of sustainable rural economic development using renewable energy technology for micro enterprise in Kerala, India

This thesis examines the situation of the farmer widows of Wayanad, Kerala through exploration of the underlying agricultural and economic issues leading to farmers' suicides, the current state of the environment in the Wayanad District of Kerala, India, and an economic model of micro-entrepreneurship to...
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Understanding dynamic linkages and technology spillover from Korea's Masan Free Export Zone,

Drawing upon the wealth of literature previously written about the Masan Free Export Zone (MAFEZ), this thesis will disentangle the conflicting information and hypotheses about the some of the zone's 'welfare benefits.' That is, the thesis will examine production linkages and technology spillover from the...
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Urban revolution: Rethinking the American small town

Research in urban geography tends to focus on large cities. This dissertation recognizes that cities come in many sizes; it argues that it is important to study small towns as urban places. Further, it finds that urban processes occurring in small towns are not just...
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Urban-rural migration, livelihood change and cultural identity among smallholder populations in western Para, Brazil

My research examines why some smallholder farmers in the Brazilian Amazon are leaving agriculture and migrating large urban centers, and then returning to rural and peri-urban areas. My secondary research question explores to what extent identification with rural lifeways may play a part in influencing...
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The theory and practice of third wave regional economic development strategies

In an environment of globalization and rapid technological change, entrepreneurship and innovation have become important objectives of state, regional, and local economic development policy. Entrepreneurial focused economic development strategies target state and regional efforts towards policies--such as cluster development, business incubators, regional trade associations, and...
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The tholian web: The political/institutional context of regional cluster-based economic development

This is an exploratory study that applies the dominant theories of the community power structure literature to the trend of regional cluster-based economic development policy in order to develop a conceptual framework of the political/institutional context of this "new" approach. In order to develop a...
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Three Essays in Rural Development

The three essays study distinct issues related to the well-being of rural households. The first essay evaluates public investments in forest-based microenterprises as part of an integrated conservation and development project in the Brazilian Amazon. I use matching with regression methods to quantify the effects...
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Three essays on innovation and regional economic development

The first essay develops a typology that identifies the multiple pathways, functions and operations where innovation can occur in a firm's internal business cycle based upon the extant literature that includes both technological and non-technological activities. This is an important step toward developing a comprehensive...
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