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Conclusions

Implications for policy and practice
ByKelly Vodden, David J.A. Douglas, Sarah Minnes, Sean Markey, Bill Reimer, Sarah-Patricia Breen

In this final chapter we discuss the overall lessons learned and the implications of this research for policy design and professional practice, as well as the research agenda for rural and regional development in Canada. We reflect upon the book’s contributions to academic inquiry related to emergent regional development theory and discuss opportunities for future research. The chapter connects the five themes of the book – governance, place-based development, integrated development, rural–urban interactions and interdependencies, and learning, knowledge flows, and innovation – with the case study regions for a comparison of overall findings regarding the presence of new regionalism across Canada and the applicability of new regionalist ideas in the current Canadian context.