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Chilean visitors exchange ideas with CRE on rural development

In September CRE welcomed three visitors from Chile.  They were here for the first meeting of a project:  “Development and validation of an innovative methodology for assessing rural landscapes of the region of Valparaiso (Chile)” financed by the Newton Institutional Links Fund of the British Council.  This is a community participation project that aims to identify the value that the different elements of the landscape hold for the community and thus identify future sources of local development.   In the CRE blog they share some impressions and photos from their visit.

published on: 9th October 2015

CRE academic is key speaker at Scottish Parliament event

CRE’s Dr Karen Scott is speaking about power, politics and participation connected to government wellbeing agendas at a workshop at the Scottish Parliament on 18th September. She is one of six key speakers who will outline developments and future directions in well-being based policy at the event "Future Directions for Well-Being Policy: Measurement, Implementation, and Engagement".  Karen said: “Scotland is at the forefront of international debate around well-being based policy.  The Scottish Government has worked closely with researchers within academia and policy think tanks, such as the University of Stirling and Carnegie Trust, and seems willing to take this debate forward in a way that will hopefully lead to real political and policy scrutiny and real improvements in the wellbeing of society." The workshop, which will be attended by a wide range of policymakers and stakeholders, is funded by the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics and organised by the University of Stirling.

published on: 17th September 2015

Lecturer will join editorial board of European Society for Rural Sociology

Dr Menelaos Gkartzios, Lecturer in Rural Planning and Development, has been invited to join the editorial board of Sociologia Ruralis, the prestigious journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology.  Menelaos’s research interests lie in the areas of rural sociology and spatial planning, including urban-rural transformations, such as counterurbanisation – where people move from urban areas out to the countryside - and gentrification processes, and the challenges they post for rural policy making.

published on: 14th September 2015

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