Knowledge Appurtenancy
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2008 - Appurtenancy was a policy used in the management of water and forest resources to ensure that local communities gained economic benefits from their adjacent resources. Applied to the BC forest industry, it made sure that trees harvested in a region were processed in that same region, essentially guaranteeing the survival of many northern, rural communities.

Appurtenancy, however, is dead, blamed for restricting the competitiveness of the forest industry in a global economy. It has been replaced by a feeling of uncertainty in many northern communities that have been dependent on resource extraction. What does the future hold for these communities? This video explores how the principles of appurtenancy continue to be relevant today in a new model of appurtenancy called knowledge appurtenancy that positions northern universities as vital new resources for regional development.

Research Paper
Knowledge Appurtenancy: Universities, Regional Development, and the Knowledge-based Economy
Ideas in the Knowledge Appurtenancy thesis are presented in various articles and presentations.
More information about appurtenancy and the
role of universities in a knowledge-based economy.
Visit northern Finland, northern BC, and northern Manitoba and the universities that call these regions home.
Background Video
Original ideas around the role that northern universities play in regional capacity-building (2005).

This website features the videos, photos, and writings of Robert van Adrichem, who has explored several northern regions in transition.