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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

The complex challenges of rebuilding coastal communities

Yukihiko Saito who is currently visiting CRE from Chiba University in Japan explains the controversies and challenges involved in rebuilding coastal communities following the 2011 Tsunami in Japan in CRE’s latest staff blog.  As an academic who is working with one of these devastated communities he is able to provide some unique insights into this complex topic.

published on: 18th August 2014

Is Romanian subsistence farming a survival strategy?

Romania has the largest number of semi-subsistence farms in the EU; in 2009 about three-quarters of the total 3.9m farms had less than 2 ha, with the average farm size just over 3 ha, and subsistence farming is still an important means of survival.  Rural as well as urban households rely increasingly on food produced by themselves or relatives.  The latest CRE policy note summarises the issues and policy implications. 

published on: 18th August 2014

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