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The Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative presents opportunities for Newcastle University and CRE to put forward ideas that could promote economic growth in rural areas. Science Communications Manager Anne Liddon blogs about a Rural Economy Conference organised by local MP Guy Opperman, with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra Rory Stewart.
published on: 31st July 2015
Resilience and adaptation in fishing communities
Fishing communities have faced numerous challenges over the past twenty years, including reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy and environmental, economic and social instability. But the households, businesses and places that depend on fishing have often displayed remarkable levels of resilience and ability to adapt. In a special issue of Sociologia Ruralis CRE’s Jeremy Phillipson and contributors from the UK and Europe uncover the social structures and institutions that underpin the adaptive capacities of fishing households and businesses. Are adaptation strategies available to all and what might be their outcomes for different participants within fishing households and communities?
published on: 27th July 2015
Could policymakers improve uptake of agri-environment schemes?
Agri-environment schemes that pay farmers to modify their practice, with benefits for the environment, have been implemented in Europe for forty years, but there has been little understanding of what motivated farmers to participate. A new review of research brings some useful insights and CRE’s latest policy brief draws out recommendations for how uptake might be increased.
published on: 7th July 2015