About Us

The Rural Futures Initiative recognizes the importance of the creating, mobilizing, and disseminating rural-based knowledge and the benefit it provides to millions of people across the province of Ontario and beyond. The Initiative was created to support the University of Guelph’s commitment to facilitating the spread of research and knowledge to support rural communities. Rural Futures is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance.

Central Themes

Rural People

Rural Places

Rural Environment

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that the experiences and knowledge generated at the University of Guelph, and by our rural-based partners across Ontario, are translated and mobilized to best meet the needs of rural actors across the province. Through this process, we intend to connect rural actors to ongoing events, projects and researchers to help facilitate the co-creation of rural knowledge, making a more sustainable and resilient Ontario.

Our Service

This website has been created to act as a pathfinder website for rural-based stakeholders across the province of Ontario to connect with rural researchers, organizations, and projects to facilitate the creation of rural knowledge. As this website continues to be built, it will come equipped with several features.

  • An Inventory of Rural Focused Researchers at the University of Guelph.
  • A Inventory of rural-focused research produce at the University of Guelph and rural based organizations across Ontario.
  • Events board of ongoing initiatives and projects
  • Links to Other organizations that work to support rural development across Ontario

To explore our website and what this organization does, please click on one of the following links below.


Explore our growing database highlighting faculty, student researchers, and diverse rural study outputs. Join us in advancing rural studies through this dynamic resource. Access the Rural Researcher Profiles and the Faculty Member Profiles.