The Centre for Rural Economy is a Newcastle University Research Centre specialising in interdisciplinary social science, researching rural development and policy, food and society, and the wellbeing of rural communities.

CRE is now on Twitter. Follow us @cretweeting for all the latest news and comments.

Read the latest news about what CRE staff are doing in their regular blog.

Latest News

Artist in residence reflects on five months in Berwick

Visual artist Piotr Piasta has been working for the past five months in Berwick-upon-Tweed on a joint CRE/Berwick Visual Arts Residency, exploring ageing in a rural context.  Older residents have been sharing their stories and Piotr is using these to create short films about life in the town and how this has changed over the years.  In a blog for CRE he shares some of his own experiences of living and working in Berwick and the warm welcome he has experienced there.

published on: 3rd March 2015

Newcastle links with Chile on rural landscapes project

The Centre for Rural Economy will be collaborating with the Centro Regional de Innovación Hortofrutícola de Valparaíso (CERES) at the Catholic University of Valparaíso in Chile on a new project funded by the British Council’s Newton Fund Institutional Links. The project aims to develop a methodology for the assessment of rural landscapes in the Valparaíso region, drawing on environmental, economic and socio-cultural information and involving the public. The methods they develop will be applied to rural development strategies in the Valparaíso region. The project will create a new research exchange network combining international expertise on rural development at CRE and local knowledge at CERES.  It will include a conference at Newcastle University and a series of networked events with local stakeholders in Chile over the coming year.  For any further information about the project contact Menelaos Gkartzios

published on: 18th February 2015

Landbridge project showcased at Global Sustainability Conference

Lynsay Blake and Shona Smith, Research Coordinators for the Newcastle University Institute for Sustainability, presented “Perspectives on how academic research can inform policy, practice and behaviour change” at Global Sustainability Institute Conference 2015 which focussed on joining together research and policy.  In the CRE blog they explain why they included “Landbridge”, the CRE-based knowledge exchange project in their presentation and how they are working towards increasing the impact of Newcastle’s academic research.

published on: 18th February 2015

rss iconwrite news icon