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CRE academic appointed to Film and Arts Festival Board

CRE Senior Lecturer Menelaos Gkartzios, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival with a focus on local community and economic development. This builds upon the continuing involvement CRE in the community of Berwick-upon-Tweed following the annual CRE art residencies in collaboration with Berwick Visual Arts.

published on: 27th September 2016

What options for our uplands post-Brexit?

Post-Brexit Government policy could have serious implications for our UK uplands.  These areas are of crucial importance for climate, wildlife, water, recreation, cultural heritage and rural communities.  In a blog for the “Ideas for May’s Ministers” series published by the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal, Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation Mark Reed advocates taking a precautionary approach that would ensure farm incomes in these fragile areas while providing a renewed focus on wider public benefits.

published on: 27th September 2016

CRE contributes to continuing rural development policy in Europe

This month Dr Carmen Hubbard represented CRE at Cork 2.0 2016 where delegates discussed the new challenges and opportunities facing rural areas and farming in years to come and drafted a new Cork 2.0 Declaration 2016: A Better Life in Rural Areas.  It is 20 years since rural development was launched as an EU policy in its own right at a conference of rural stakeholders held in Cork where the Declaration was drafted.   Dr Hubbard said: “It was a great privilege for me to be invited to participate in this significant forum, along with European Commissioner Phil Hogan, former EU Commissioner Franz Fischler who initiated the original Cork Declaration in 1996, and over 300 EU representatives and, as one of a group of only eight people, to work with the Chair Heino von Meyer from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on drafting the final document.  Our work here at Newcastle has demonstrated the vital importance of rural proofing as a process during policymaking and I was delighted to see this included in the Declaration, following a very full and positive two days of debate, discussion and networking with European colleagues.”  The full conference may be viewed on line.

published on: 13th September 2016

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