The SPAR Research Team

SPAR’s research team is a broadly multi-disciplinary group involving individuals from the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Melbourne.
This research project involves a broadly multi-disciplinary research team. With a strong base in the arts, particularly community-based art practice, the team also involves researchers with other types of backgrounds suited to a broader understanding of artist networks and connections between artists and their communities. The team includes individuals from sociology, sustainability studies, economics, health, aboriginal studies, geography and cultural mapping as well as individuals with experience in a range of relevant research approaches (quantitative and qualitative methodology, ethics).

Rose OlfertRose Olfert Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and Department of Bioresource, Policy, Business and Economics, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan) focuses on research related to regional economics, rural development and the role of public policy in regional/rural restructuring and growth. Her research and publications focus on the spatial location of economic activity, including the determinants and impacts. Saskatchewan has frequently been the subject of her study of the evolution of the rural economy and rural communities. She has published on off-farm employment, occupational segregation, urbanization trends and rural community evolution, cities as engines of growth, location choices of professionals, State Trading Enterprise impacts on International trade, co-ops and credit unions, the changing role of distance, migration patterns, equalization payments and commuting patterns and their determinants. A common theme of her research has been discovering the conditions necessary for successful regional economic development, with a focus on the Great Plains region of North America.

Professor Rose Olfert,
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan
101 Diefenbaker Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B8
Phone: 306 966-4023; cell 306 321-5098
Fax 306 966-1967
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