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Rural Research Group

Researching the economic, social and cultural issues affecting today’s rural communities

The Rural Research Group is an inter-disciplinary social science research group with members from each of the University’s 4 colleges. Our aim is to support a collection of academics researching issues relating to rural development from the local to the international scale.

The Group runs monthly events, including reading groups, seminars, research planning workshops, postgraduate student events and policy-focused workshops. These help to build a strong community where we share knowledge of ongoing activities, foster collaborative working and engage with external stakeholders who can inform and benefit from our research.

The Group has developed following a major publication, Interpreting Rurality, Multidisciplinary Approaches edited by Dr Gary Bosworth and Professor Peter Somerville.  This included contributions from 16 researchers who were members of the group.  The book was launched with a debate on the future of rural areas as part of the ESRC’s festival of Social Science. This sparked a blog to continue the debate, share news of rural issues and showcase new research: http://interpretingrurality.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk

Anyone interested to know more about the Rural Research Group, or wishing to enquire about opportunities to study for an MPhil or PhD should contact Dr Gary Bosworth.

Current research activities among members of the Rural Research Group cover a range of topics, including: 

 

  • The need for better broadband to support rural businesses and communities
  • The potential for developing salt-tolerant crops with The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
  • The challenges of ageing in rural places
  • New tourism developments and place branding
  • Innovation and new "rural business models" in rural economies
  • Entrepreneurship among younger farmers
  • Local food networks and short food supply chains
  • Migration into rural areas
  • Opportunities for entrepreneurship in rural Africa and Bhutan
  • Service provision in remote island communities
  • Microbreweries and village pubs
  • Rural development funding – the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Links Between Activities Developing the Rural Economy (LEADER) and post-Brexit opportunities

 

The Group’s current members are:

 

Organisation Member Role/Dept.
University of Lincoln                       Dr Gary Bosworth Geography
Prof. Peter Somerville  Social and Political Sciences 
Liz Price  Business 
Dr Chris Phelan  Business 
Sarah Schiffling  Business 
Dr Claire Markham  Psychology 
Dr Eric Ruto  Business  
Dr Jennifer Jackson   Business  
Dr Wesley Key  Social and Political Sciences  
Prof. Martin Hingley  Business   
Prof. Simon Pearson  Director of LIAT 
Prof. Matthew Cragoe  College of Arts 
Dr Martin Elliot-White   Business  
Prof. David Charles    Business  
Dr Rupert Hildyard   English and Journalism 
Dr Anna Tarrant  Social and Political Sciences  
Prof. Stephen Hall Life Sciences
Susan Marango  Current Mphil/ PhD students       
William Hamilton 
Jo Hardy 
Mahdieh Zeinali 
Kenny Odunukan 
Tim Whilde 
Nigel Curry Visiting Professor
Rose Regeneration  Ivan Annibal  Visiting Fellows  
Strutt and Parker  Jason Beedell 

For further information contact Gary Bosworth at: gbosworth@lincoln.ac.uk 01522 835576

Prospects for Saline Agriculture.

A stakeholder workshop run in conjunction with LIAT

  Tuesday 30 May

  9:30am - 1:15pm

  Holbeach

Global exploitation and the failure to mitigate climate change

Prof Peter Somerville

  Wednesday 14 June

  12:00pm - 1:00pm pm

  Bridge House Common Room

Regional Studies Conference

 

  04-07 June

  Dublin

Rural Entrepreneurship Conference

 

  15-16 June

  Newcastle University Business School

Modelling Rural Social Enterprise

Dr Rebecca Herron

  Wednesday 05 July

  TBC

  TBC

European Society for Rural Sociology

 

  24-27 July

  Krakow

The regional economic impacts of out-migration

A MICaRD network event sponsored by the Regional Studies Association.

  11-12 September

  The Centre for European Regional and Local Studies, Warsaw

Village pubs and microbreweries

Gary Bosworth Martin Hingley, Claire Markham, Victoria Ellis and William Hamilton.

  21 November

  3:00pm

  TBC