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One, None or Thousands Ruralities: A New Vision Based on Functionalities

Feb 5, 2024 | Events, News

AEIDL is organising on 23 February from 11:00 to 12:30 CET a webinar on how innovative perspective on understanding rural diversity through the lens of rural (multi)functionalities.

Knowledge Transfer Accelerator | 2nd activity

Historically, rural areas have been characterised primarily by population density and proximity to urban centres. However, this approach oversimplifies reality and neglects the wide variety of rural areas, encompassing various functionalities and rural-urban interactions. A call to deepen our understanding of rural diversity was also emphasized in latest EU Council conclusions on  the EU’s Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas (LTVRA) as a milestone to foster place-based rural development and the delivery of EU’s policies and strategies (e.g., Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy, LTVRA).

​In this webinar, we aim to introduce an innovative perspective on understanding rural diversity through the lens of rural (multi)functionalities. A ‘Scoping report on rural typologies across Europe’ will furnish an analysis of the current state-of-the-art rural typologies. Thus, we will delve into a new conceptual framework to understand rural areas building on their functionalities and synergies with urban territories.  

​Leveraging the latest findings from the Horizon Europe RUSTIK and GRANULAR projects, we will kickstart a discussion on the imperative for more comprehensive rural typologies for assessment and statistical purposes at both EU and national levels.

Simple agenda

11h00 – 11h05 – Welcome & Introduction, Serafin Pazos Vidal, EU Association for Innovation in Local Development (AEIDL)

11h05 – 11h20 – Overview of Rural Typologies in Europe, Mats Stjernber, NordRegio

11h20 – 11h35 – Questions & Answers

11h35 – 11h50 – Rural Multi-Functionalities, Henk Oostindie, Wageningen University

11h50 – 12h05 – Rural Functional Areas and Other Definitions, Francesco Mantino, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA)

12h05 – 12h25 – Discussion with Lewis Dijkstra (Joint Research Centre), Mats Stjernber (NordRegio), Henk Oostindie (Wageningen University), Francesco Mantino (CREA). Moderated by Serafin Pazos Vidal (AEIDL)

12h25 – 12h30 – Conclusions, Carla Lostrangio, European Association for Innovation in Local Development (AEIDL)

What is the Knowledge Transfer Accelerator?

GRANULAR Knowledge Transfer Accelerator is a virtual space where stakeholders at different levels (local, regional, national European) can exchange knowledge and solutions to accelerate the territorial development of rural areas.

Rural areas are diverse and have unique features. Yet, many rural areas also have similar challenges. The Knowledge Transfer Accelerator wants to recreate a virtual space where problem-holders and solution-finders can meet, capitalise on each other’s experience and move to action.

The Knowledge Transfer Accelerator is for actors, organisations, networks and projects dealing with rural development, rural policies and rural data. Participation is open and strongly encouraged to actors operating at different levels, from local to international.

You can fill in this form to register your interest in the Knowledge Transfer Accelerator and be informed about upcoming activities. Once registered, you will be re-contacted by GRANULAR’s team.

You are most welcome to join us online for a little over an hour on 23 February at 11am.

Registration is open under this link 
This webinar is organised within the framework of the GRANULAR’s Knowledge Transfer Accelerator.