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Feedback event on 'fairness and community-led rural development' study takes place at Hexham Mart, Northumberland

On 13 December, the ReLocal research team invited those concerned with fairness and community-led rural development in the North East to engage with research findings on a case study of the Northumberland Uplands LEADER group

The Northumberland Uplands LEADER group (NULAG), a body which distributes EU grants to further community development in the Uplands area, has been in existence for a decade, but over this period was shaped by two very different frameworks, with different implications for social and spatial justice.

After an introduction to the ReLocal project by Professor Shucksmith, Terry Carroll, NULAG Chair, gave his view of the impacts of NULAG on the region. Dr Liz Brooks, Research Associate in SAPL, presented the findings of the case study, which has looked into the fairness of both processes and outcomes of NULAG in its two phases. Dr Liz Kemp of Human Resources then led the participants in creative workshops, getting people to prioritise the kinds of places and people most in need of support from such initiatives, and using the 'Go Wild!' method to generate new ways of making schemes inclusive and meeting rural needs that markets may not address. This exercise got everyone talking, and both cast light on ways to improve on the existing scheme and gave pointers as to where the region wants to go with rural community development post-Brexit.

ReLocal (https://relocal.eu) is a 14-partner EU Horizon 2020 Project, exploring the justice impacts of community and local-level initiatives. It runs over four years from 2016 to 2020. The SAPL team, consisting of Professor Ali Madanipour, Professor Mark Shucksmith and Dr Liz Brooks are also undertaking an urban case study for ReLocal in Lewisham, London, which will hold a similar feedback event next Spring.

published on: 19 December 2018