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Professor, University of Gloucestershire

Michael Dower is Visiting Professor of European Rural Development at the University of Gloucestershire. He has a long career in civil society and in government in England. For the last 30 years, he has also been actively involved in rural affairs in Europe, as a consultant to governments, as a teacher, as an adviser, and as a leader of civil society movements - ECOVAST, PREPARE, ARC2020, Euracademy and others.

He is a former coordinator of, and currently active within, the PREPARE Partnership for Rural Europe, which works to strengthen civil society in the ‘new’ Member States and accession and neighbouring countries of the European Union.

Conference conclusions by Michael Dower