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Transatlantic network meets in Newcastle to debate “rural good life”

More than 40 academics met in Newcastle on 3 and 4 April, from the United States, Ireland and across the UK, to share research on different aspects of rural societies in the latest Transatlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN) event organised by the Centre for Rural Economy.  The conference involved members of Newcastle University departments as diverse as Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, Fine Arts and Education as well as the Centre for Rural Economy who were hosting.  A total of 20 papers were discussed.  Taking as their starting point “The Rural Good Life” the topics ranged from the role of volunteers in delivering public services, to arts and rural development, rural governance and community engagement, migration, crisis and resilience, local food systems, the role of private land ownership and the part played by the family.  With sessions held in Blackhall Mill Village Hall in rural County Durham and at Newcastle University, and a field trip into Northumberland, the academics had the opportunity for both fruitful academic debate and practical experience of rural North East England. 

published on: 8th April 2014

Is the countryside more grey than green?

Over a quarter of over 65 year olds in England live in rural areas and moving away from urban living is an aspiration for many older people in the UK.  This can put pressure on rural services, but also means that the countryside is rich in skills and experience, with many incomers starting new enterprises.  CRE’s latest Policy Note outlines the latest research on our greying countryside and the implications for national and local policy. 

published on: 1st April 2014

New Head of School welcomes unique contribution of CRE to School research

In an interview published on the School website, new Head of School Professor Rob Edwards welcomes the combination of disciplines and research capabilities that the School has to offer.  He said: “I’m drawn to the kind of integration in research you have the potential for here.  My own vision for the school is about building on that integration, because what we have here is unique: with the farm platforms, food and nutrition and CRE, we have a powerful and unique combination of research capabilities.”

published on: 11th March 2014

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