Call for working Groups
We hope for many interesting working groups. Before the 15th of June, 2017 give us a title of your proposed working group, a 10-line abstract and the names of the organizers. Also state which subtheme the working group proposal refers to, and how you would like to arrange the working group; traditional presentations, round table discussion etc. Click here to download template for proposing working group.
Please, send your proposal in template to: Hanne Tanvig email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Politics, governance, local capacities
How have the profound changes in the welfare states affected national rural policies? What characterizes recent rural policies and politics in each country? What characterizes rural civic societies’ responses and capabilities to (re)act in general?
- Infrastructure and services
On the one hand, much basic infrastructure and public services are being closed down or reduced in rural areas, while on the other hand there is a demand and need for a similar level of provision as in the rest of the society, e.g. looking after children, the elderly, schools and access to ICT. What solutions can be found? How are local communities involved?
- Demography and mobility
Demography is heavily influenced by in-migration from poor countries, but also by urbanization, while recently there has been a tendency towards counter-urbanization as a response to the major changes. Among others lifestyles based on closer link with nature, new food-systems and mental health are emerging. What are the demographic trends and what effect are they having on the resource base in rural areas in the Nordic countries? How are local communities (re)acting to migration? Can any new patterns of rural consumption be identified?
- Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
What effect are the ongoing changes mentioned above having on traditional enterprises, such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries, but also the extractive industries? Has recent immigration opened up for new opportunities in these sectors? How are agriculture, forestry and fishery enterprises coping with the financial crisis? How are they affected by neoliberal trade agreements that open up for competition?