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Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization: An Interpretative Model for Better Anticipating and Responding to Challenges for Regional Development in an Evolving International Context

Objective

Globalization is one of the key challenges facing rural regions in Europe, bringing significant social, economic, cultural and political changes. Current studies on the impact of globalization on rural regions tend to focus on specific sectors or processes or localities. The absence of an overarching integrative analysis has resulted in the inability of regional development strategies to cope with these challenges. The objective of the DERREG project is to produce an interpretative model that will enable regional development actors to better anticipate and respond to the key challenges for disadvantaged regions arising from globalization. In doing so, it will expand scientific knowledge and understanding, inform policy development, and identify examples of best practice. The project is innovative in adopting an integrative approach that synthesises research across four key themes and nine case study regions in different types of rural regions to produce an overarching analysis of the impact of globalization on rural Europe. The research will involve both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. It will develop new methods in areas such as business network analysis. A further innovation is the linking of the scientific analysis with practical application through the development of an interpretative model. The consortium comprises 9 partners with expertise in rural and regional research, focusing on Eastern Europe. The consortium has been assembled to provide an appropriate combination of expertise in the areas examined in the project, including rural businesses, migration, sustainable development, capacity-building and gender. The proposed research will enable policy makers and other stakeholders involved in regional development to better anticipate and respond to the challenges of globalization. It will support initiatives to increase the capacity of rural businesses to engage with new opportunities and to enhance social cohesion.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/globalization
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/tissue engineering/artificial pancreas/current studies

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 180 079
Administrative Contact
Emyr, Huw Reynolds (Mr.)

Participants (8)

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR LANDERKUNDE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 188 646
Address
Schongauerstrasse 9
04328 Leipzig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jacqueline Korp
MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 97 192
Address
Zemedelska 1/1665
613 00 Brno Sever
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonín Vaishar (Dr.)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 166 400
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Neil Ferguson (Dr.)
NORDREGIO
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 215 920
Address
Holmamiralens Vaeg 10
11186 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jacob Boëthius (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 205 420
Address
Campus
66123 Saarbrucken
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Corinna Hahn (Ms.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 110 500
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martina Tekavec
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 270 207
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ineke Driel, Van
ZNANSTVENO RAZISKOVALNI IN IZOBRAZEVALNI ZAVOD NEVORK
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 64 720
Address
Brilejeva Ulica 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ales Strovs