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Impact Award success for CRE

The impact that the Centre for Rural Economy’s work has had on policy development has been recognised in Newcastle University’s Science, Agriculture and Engineering Faculty’s Research Impact in SAgE Awards.  CRE’s entry “Shaping national rural policy and the Government’s rural productivity plan” was selected by a panel of stakeholders as the winner in the “Outstanding Impact” category.  The award was presented to Jeremy Phillipson at an event at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

published on: 25th November 2015

A voice for rural residents across Europe

CRE Associate and Director of the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal Mark Shucksmith gives an insight into the workings of a body that aims to give rural people from across Europe a voice.  In a CRE blog he explains what it’s like to take part in the European Rural Parliament.

published on: 25th November 2015

Are you thinking of doing a PhD researching a rural issue?

Full funding for social science PhD study (including masters research training if appropriate) is available. The deadline for applications is 1st February 2016. If you are interested in pursuing a social science PhD within the broad themes of rural development, food and agriculture in any geographical context then please contact Karen Scott

We would be particularly interested in speaking to candidates with interests and ideas in the following:

Rural business and innovation
Social justice and wellbeing in rural areas
Rural planning and housing
Fishing communities and policy
Food security
Migration/rural labour markets
Crisis, resilience and rural change
Rural policy development and transfer
Protected areas management
Ecosystems service valuation 
Sustainable retailing
Sustainable consumption


published on: 4th November 2015

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