ICRPS 2016 Summer Institute: Fairbanks, Alaska

The thirteenth International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute will take place in Fairbanks, Alaska, from the 14-26 July 2016. The institute will convene for thirteen days and will involve approximately 30 graduate students and numerous faculty members from universities around the world. Sessions will be supplemented with field trips, group work, and student presentations.

The ICRPS Summer Institute provides a unique opportunity for students from a range of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries to meet and work together on comparative rural policy issues and make invaluable research and networking contacts. Faculty involved in ICRPS represent the disciplines of anthropology, economics, environmental studies, geography, indigenous studies, planning, policy studies, political science, and sociology.


ICRPS Summer Institutes are held in North America and Europe in alternating years. Since 2004, over 300 graduate students from North America and Europe have benefited from the innovative blend of classroom instruction, rural visits, and research meetings.

The first ICRPS Summer Institute was held at the University of Guelph in 2004. Since then, it has been convened in Leuven, Belgium (2005); Brandon, Manitoba (2006); Barcelona, Spain (2007); Missouri, USA (2008); Inverness, Scotland (2009); Oregon, USA (2010); Songdal, Norway (2011); Rimouski, Québec (2012); Bertinoro, Italy (2013); Toluca, Mexico (2014); and Dublin and Galway, Ireland (2015). The 2016 Summer Institute will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska, hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Sustainable Futures North.

Each institute connects faculty and international students in a dedicated learning environment. In addition, each institute is a combination of new and returning students, which enhances the mutual learning experience of both years. The program includes advanced topics and is an opportunity to develop Masters and PhD research programs as well as share research results with faculty and other students interested in rural policy. For more information, please visit the ICRPS website.