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Reflections on the rural economy in the land of the rising sun

Japan and the UK are very different in many respects, but their rural areas do share some similar problems, including an aging population as young people depart for the cities. Carmen Hubbard has returned from a month spent in Japan, as Visiting Fellow with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  In the CRE blog she reflects on some of her experiences.

published on: 15th December 2014

Kia ora from New Zealand

Major earthquakes in New Zealand in 2010/2011resulted in the loss of around 70% of commercial buildings in the affected area and an economic downturn seemed inevitable.  So why is there virtually zero unemployment there now?  CRE’s Lord Richard Percy Fellow Karen Scott is on an exchange visit to Lincoln University (Te Whare Wanaka o Aoraki), a small, green campus outside Christchurch and the oldest agricultural research and teaching institution in the southern hemisphere.  In her CRE blog she explains what life is like now for residents in this part of New Zealand and reflects on the effects of this natural disaster on their wellbeing and the economy.

published on: 10th December 2014

North East Doctoral Training Centre Studentships Competition Opens

If you are interested in studying for a PhD at the Centre for Rural Economy, the ESRC-funded North East Doctoral Training Centre has available 36 fully-funded awards for students commencing their postgraduate studies in the social sciences at either the Universities of Newcastle or Durham in 2015/16.  Last year CRE was awarded three studentships under this competition ( For details of this years funding competition see  and if you are interested in studying for a PhD at the CRE contact 

published on: 10th December 2014

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