This project, led by ECORYS Netherlands BV, aims to thoroughly assess recent employment and growth trends in rural areas across the European Union to give the European Commission a better understanding of what constitutes and drives rural employment growth and how EU policy can best support future rural development. More specifically, the project assesses the evolution and patterns of development of employment and growth in rural areas, with a particular focus on young people and women and agriculture and the agri-food industry. It assesses the role played by rural development policy, the factors that create demand for rural development funding and reviews the issues on which future rural development policy actions could focus according to identified employment, economic growth and innovation needs.
There are four main elements within the project:
Project funder: European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development
Staff involved (at Newcastle): Jane Atterton and Terry Carroll (project led by ECORYS Netherlands BV)
Project duration: 3 years (2010 - 2011)