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ESRS 2022: Anticipating, Prioritizing, and Negotiating Rural Futures

Event Time 9:20am - 3:10pm
Venue Online

On June 21st Teagasc is hosting one of 11 international research seminars as part of the 2022 European Society for Rural Sociology “Just Rural Transitions: Opportunities and Challenges” programme. This event focuses on how anticipation of the future and the creation of social, economic, environmental and, increasingly, technological visions is a central part of the development of robust policies and strategies at local, national and international scales.

Understanding for who and by whom the future of rural spaces and places is envisioned is crucial. This enables greater understanding of the challenges, tensions, and possibilities underpinning the potential transformation of societies and economies as they seek to mitigate the impacts of, and adapt to, climate change in ways that support a just transition.

Speaking in advance of the event, Dr David Meredith from Teagasc’ Rural Economy Development Programme said “Creating visions of the future is a powerful tool that is central to mobilising diverse groups to work together to achieve a desired future. Visions that do not consider the links between social, economic and environmental processes of change and particularly their impacts on livelihoods are unlikely to be successful.

Co-organiser Dr. Jack McCarthy of the Rediscovery Centre in Dublin added that “the objective of this seminar is to bring together researchers from across the world to consider the social innovations required to underpin policies that seek to support just transitions for rural and farming communities.”

Engaging with the third discursive strand of ESRS 2022 – “Identifying desired futures” this seminar brings together researchers working across a number of countries and disciplines to consider the practices, politics, and social dynamics involved in anticipating, pre-empting, or other visioning the futures of rural communities and spaces.

This seminar links with two ongoing projects, ReNew2050 – funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, and Rural Futures – jointly funded by the Irish Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK).

The seminar takes place on June 21st from 9:20am – 3:10pm Irish Standard Time (GMT+1). The event will be online (Zoom) – To get the link to the event please register here: ESRS 2022: Anticipating, Prioritizing, and Negotiating Rural Futures Tickets, Tue 21 Jun 2022 at 09:20 | Eventbrite

For further information please contact Dr David Meredith on 087 1231208 or david.meredith@teagasc.ie

Seminar Agenda

9:20am - 9:30am: Welcome and Opening Remarks Dr Jack McCarthy

9:30am - 10:50am: Session 1

Chair: Dr Jack McCarthy

09:30am – 09:50am: Rural revitalisation project as anxiety machine: anticipatory actions and rural affective politics. Wang C. (National Taiwan University)

09:50am – 10:10am: "Too smart": infrastructuring the internet through regional and rural smart policy in Australia. Randell-Moon H. (Charles Stuart University, Australia)

10:10am – 10:30am: The evolution of EU governance models from LEADER to EIP-AGRI: insights to pathways for future developments. Naughton A, Macken-Walsh A, Javornicky M. (Teagasc, Ireland)

10:30 am – 10:50 am: Discussion

10:50am  – 11:10am: Break

11:10am – 12:30pm: Session 2

Chair: Dr David Meredith

11:10am – 11:30am: Do Ireland's youth dream of a resilient rural future? Policy implications for rural regeneration and generational renewal. Murtagh A, Farrell M, Kuhmonen T, Weir L. (National University of Ireland, Galway and University of Turku, Finland).

11:30am – 11:50am: Co-creative visioning in the Italian South-Eastern Alps: VERVE's multi-level methodological approach. Moriggi A, Secco L, Pisani E. (University of Padua)

11:50am – 12:10pm: Farm level perceptions of policy pathways to low-carbon futures in Ireland. McCarthy J, Meredith D, Heanue K. (Teagasc, Ireland)

12:10pm – 12:30pm: Discussion

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Break

1:30pm – 3:10pm: Session 3

Chair: Dr David Meredith

1:30pm – 1:50pm: The importance of ecosystem services assessment in spatial planning in insular areas: drawing from the study case of Nisyros. Boucoyannis, K. (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

1:50pm – 2:10pm: Creating resilience through community planning. Corcoran C. (Technological University of the Shannon, Ireland)

2:10pm – 2:30pm: Sustainability-oriented innovation chains: negotiating values across agri-food value-chains. Gutierrez J, Macken-Walsh A, (Teagasc, Ireland)

2:30pm – 2:50pm: Discussion

2:50pm – 3:10pm: Reflections and closing comments. Dr David Meredith, Teagasc