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Why Falkenberg?

Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy Philip Lowe argued in his keynote address at the recent “New Ruralities” conference in Falkenberg that scientists are not the only sources of expertise.  The people who live and work in rural areas are also important sources of “vernacular expertise”.  As recipient of the Bertebos Prize 2013 he explains, in our latest CRE blog, the background to the conference and why it was being held in this particular Swedish seaside town.

published on: 11th September 2014

Building on a solid foundation: Improving knowledge exchange in arable farming – Tuesday 23 September, 2014


The Agricultural Industries Confederation, HGCA, AICC and landbridge are hosting a workshop focussed on knowledge exchange in the arable sector on Tuesday 23 September at the Marriott Hotel in Peterborough. Full details are attached – in summary the aim of the workshop is to identify how existing models of knowledge exchange in the arable sector can be built upon. There are plans to hold a workshop for the livestock sector later in the year. The workshop will bring together researchers, professional advisers from across the industry, levy boards, and policy-makers with a view to developing solutions together to build on the solid foundation and improve knowledge exchange in arable farming.


If you have any questions about the event or would like to reserve one of the last few remaining free places, please contact Corrina Gibbs at AIC by Friday 12 September on 01733 385276 or email

published on: 9th September 2014

Which expert should decide the future of our countryside?

In Falkenberg, Sweden, this week, the Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy Philip Lowe calls for a new approach to rural development, one that draws on “vernacular expertise” - that is, the knowledge that people have about their own locality - as well as scientific research. “New Ruralities – changing agendas for research and practice” is the 2014 Bertebos Conference being held from 24 to 26 August  in honour of Professor Lowe, winner of the Bertebos Prize in 2013.  It brings together distinguished academics working in a range of disciplines in Sweden and the UK.  They will be discussing how we relate to nature and the services it provides, how farming is facing current global challenges, models of how knowledge is transferred between research and the field and how the movement of people is affecting the countryside.  Professor Philip Lowe said: “In this era of global environmental change and socio-economic instability every single community, enterprise and region becomes a site of experimental adaptation.  It is imperative that we encourage, validate and draw upon local knowledge as well as academic if we are to adapt successfully and also learn lessons from the process.”  Press Release.

published on: 21st August 2014

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