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Restructuring in marginal rural areas (the role of social capital in rural development)

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-30819
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-04-2001
Duration: 34 months
Total cost: 1,159,680 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,159,680 EUR
Scientific Officer: Sjur BAARDSEN
Research topic: 5.5. Sustainable development of rural and other relevant areas

Abstract:
This project will inform questions at the heart of EU policies for rural areas and peripheral, marginal regions. New patterns of diversity and differentiatation are emerging, and localities have uneven capacities with which to face this uncertain future. The purpose of this research is to enquire into those characteristics of marginal rural communities which build their capacity to diversify their economies and to maintain their competitiveness and social cohesion in this context. Specifically, the research will explore those dimensions of a community's 'social capital' which have been identified in theoretical accounts as underlying succesful performance, competitiveness and cohesion. The study will be conducted in six countries. The results will indicate how policy intervention can help build social capital and so assist in promoting endogenous rural development and the future competitiveness and cohesion of marginal rural areas.


Coordinator
Mark SHUCKSMITH
University of Aberdeen,Arkleton Centre for Rural Development Research
Aberdeen
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1224 273901
Fax: +44 1224 273902
E-mail: m.shucksmith@abdn.ac.uk


Partners
  Pentti MALINEN
University of Oulu
Kajaani
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 85537300
Fax: +358 85533973
E-mail: pentti.malinen@oulu.fi
  Chris CURTIN
National University of Ireland
Galway
IRELAND
Tel.: +353 91524411
Fax: +353 91525700
E-mail: chris.curtin@nuigalway.ie
  Claudio CECCHI
UniversitÓ di Roma "La Sapienza"
Roma
ITALY
Tel.: +39 06 4976 6984
Fax: +39 06 4462040
E-mail: Cecchi@axcasp.caspur.it
  Marit S. HAUGEN
Centre for rural Research, ALLFORSK
Trondheim
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 73591734
Fax: +47 73591275
E-mail: marit.haugen@allforsk.ntnu.no
  Erik WESTHOLM
Dalarnas Forskningsrid (Dalarna Research Institute)
Falun
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 2339479
Fax: +46 2339489
E-mail: erik.westholm@dfr.se