ICRPS 2014 Summer School – Final Thoughts

July 12, 2014 by Raymond Thomson and Anthony Cawley The final day of ICRPS began with an air of nervousness as students prepared for the dreaded group presentations. Beautiful weather could not distract from the last minute preparations that were due. After a morning spent preparing, revising, adjusting and practicing, an early lunch paved the way for Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School Final Day – The best day EVER!!

July 11, 2014 by Mary Carey, Ryan Betz, Myriam Landry, Ernest Tellez The final field trip of ICRPS 2014 surpassed all expectations – we visited a volcano, met some indigenous people, played soccer with local school children and visited a large Spanish estate. An interesting journey through the forest brought us to Palo Seco on the southern Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School – A Multitude of Topics: Gender Theory, Minorities or Migration…We had them all!

July 9, 2014 by Venus Welch-White Today was a jam packed, fun filled day with a variety of topics, discussion and dialogue.  Our morning got kicked off with a presentation about education among women within rural and urban communities in the US. Interestingly, there weren’t as many differences as one might perceive. Next we had speakers Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School – Visit to Teotihuacan

Blog #7 – July 6, 2014 by Erin Shew, Charles Bolden, Aaron Groth, Dan Roper, Marco Pagani Day 7 of ICRPS 2014 brought the option of a day of rest and relaxation, but who wants to stay in Toluca when there are pyramids to explore and a fascinating culture to learn more about? A few Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School – Growing nopals, prickly pears, and mushrooms

Blog #9 – July 8, 2014 by Subi Azim and Kate Olson The day started early with a layer of tiredness and sleepiness on everyone’s face. Most of us actually wanted to take a nap on our way to the field trip on the bus, but the bright sun broke through the heavy clouds and Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School – Similarities and contrasts in NAFTA and the EU´s rural policy – Day 6

Blog #6 – July 5, 2014 by Brett, Pierre, Raymond and Anthony We broke for lunch where we had our first Mexican tamales! After lunch several of us headed to the market to grab snacks for the day or walked around the campus to enjoy the nice, rain-free, weather! We gathered back together to discuss NAFTA Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School – Roses, Frogs, Green tomatoes, and all things sweet drive regional development

Blog #5 – July 4, 2014 by Regional Development group 1 The second field trip of ICRPS – Mexico 2014 took place on the 4th of the July. The day began, at 7am on the bus, with a passionate rendition of “America the beautiful” in honour of America’s Independence Day. Today we visited the Villa Guerrero Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School – Research methodology and the economic crisis impact on rural North-America

Blog #4 – July 3, 2014 by Mikaël Akimowicz, Md Mutaleb and Venus Welch Waking up with visions of the Aztec pyramids engrained in our minds, the intensity of the previous day still fresh on our bodies. Today’s intellectual oasis included the analysis of comparative theory and methods, research methodology and comparative rural policy. We were also Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School – Trout and pyramides, – the perfect match!

Blog #3 – July 2, 2014 by Tristeen Bownes and Haniel Ogburu (Group 2 Goverance/ Governability) Can you say Trout?! The participants of the ICRPS were able to analyze trout in Malinalco, Mexico, where we had the fortune of touring a trout farm in the area and learning about how rural policies impact its production. Read More …