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Joshua Barrett is Manager of Planning and Accountability for the Climate Change Branch in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. In this position, he oversees policy and strategy development initiatives related to climate change, including initiatives to raise public awareness engage the academic community and professional associations, manage and lead research and analysis initiatives, as well as represent the province on federal-provincial-territorial committees as well as regional working groups on matters related to climate change.
Josh is also a PhD student in the University of Guelph’s Rural Studies program. His PhD research pertains to the role of local governments in enhancing rural economic development. By understanding the role and capacity of local government in rural economic development, he hopes Canadian communities can be better equipped to develop regional economic development policy and practice thereby positively impacting the livelihood of residents.