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Government policy draws on CRE research

The Government’s latest plan to grow the rural economy draws extensively on research carried out in the Centre for Rural Economy on barriers experienced by entrepreneurs in the UK countryside and the unrealised potential of rural enterprise. “Towards a one nation economy: A 10 point plan for boosting productivity in rural areas” published on 20 August 2015 sets out the Government’s proposed measures to boost the rural economy by investing in education and skills, increasing wages, improving infrastructure and connectivity, and simplifying planning laws for businesses and communities. 

published on: 20th August 2015

Rural thoughts from Aberdeen

PhD student Frances Rowe shares some thoughts from chance encounters at the European Congress of Rural Sociology 2015 in our latest CRE blog.  As Frances observes, “There is something compelling about seeing our understandings about rural life reflected back through the prism of another’s experience and insight, narratives unfolding differently yet being similar in many ways,” as she makes new contacts with early career researchers from across Europe.

published on: 18th August 2015

Food and Society Professor reappointed to FSA Social Science Committee

The Food Standards Agency has reappointed Professor of Food and Society Lynn Frewer, to their Social Science Research Committee (SSRC). The SSRC is an independent scientific advisory committee which provides advice to the FSA about how it gathers and uses social science evidence.  Lynn has carried out extensive research on societal and individual responses to risks and benefits associated with food, health, sustainability and safety. Her interests also include (qualitative and quantitative) methodological development and effective stakeholder analysis and public engagement applied to agri-food governance.

published on: 14th August 2015

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