The element common to many European rural peripheral areas. During the past decade or so appears to be a process of economic restructuring associated with an intensification of employment problems and the marginalisation of certain social and economic strata. Within the context of a growing globalisation of economic activity, entrepreneurship and technological change are perceived. Both by researchers and policy-makers, as key instruments in engineering economic growth. This project sets out to examine, at a European wide level, the actual and potential contribution of entrepreneurial ventures and new technology in stimulating economic development in rural peripheral locations. The underlying aim is to identify instances of best practice. in terms of both public and private initiatives, and to develop a coherent combination of policy objectives facilitating the long-term maintenance of economic vitality in the countryside.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
EN3 4SF Enfield
LU2 8LE Luton