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Season´s greetings!

Happy holidays to all our readers and ICRPS alumni! Looking forward to see you again on Exploring Rurality in 2013! 

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We have a new Co-editor on Exploring Rurality!

Since April, Kjersti Nordskog (MA Political Geography) and I have had the pleasure of editing Exploring Rurality (you can read more about us here). However, now we are welcoming a third editor to the team. Eric Marr is well know to those of you who follow Exploring Rurality. He has contributed to the blog several times already: Eric reported from Day 11 of the ICRPS Quebec Summer School, and presented for us the findings in his master thesis on challenges of transportation in rural Canada in part one and part two.

Eric is from Petrolia, Ontario a former oil town in central Canada turned agricultural community. He left the rural life to pursue education in Montreal, Toronto, and finally Guelph where he recently graduated from the Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development program at the University of Guelph.

Eric currently works in policy development for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and his research interests include transportation in rural communities and land-use planning policy.

While Katja and Kjersti are both located in Europe, Eric lives in North-America and will provide a comparative prespective on rural challenges and policies, and bring in fresh, new ideas to the editorial team. We look forward to work with Eric on Exploring Rurality further!

A rural refresher!

Just launched “Exploring Rurality “!

Every summer since 2004 social scientists of all kinds have come together to learn about comparative rural policy in the ICRPS Summer Institutes. ”Exploring Rurality” seeks to be an insightful meeting point for people interested in rural policy related issues to keep the comparative learning experience going!

We will make sure to keep the website updated with inspirational and educational articles on rural issues such as demographic change and food security, economy and ecology. The stories will be told by our rural story tellers from around the globe.

The editors
Kjersti Nordskog & Katja Cappelen


Published today: Comparative Perspectives on Rural Development and Policy Challenges in Sogn og Fjordane

International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) proudly presents a freshly published report from ICRPS 2011 Sumer institute.

Bryden, JM., Refsgaard, K., Nordskog, K., Baardsen, S., Cappelen, KS.,
Lie, H., Soltani, A (Eds) (2011) Comparative Perspectives on Rural
Development and Policy Challenges in Sogn og Fjordane. NILF Report
2011-2. Oslo, NILF. [ISBN: 978-82-7077-808-9] (108 pages)

The report can be downloaded at under resources. see: NILF REPORT 2011 2

Rural Prosperity!

Two weeks of intense learning, discussing, exploring, listening and laughing has come to an end. International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) summer institute 2011 turned out to be a wonderful experience shared with great people. Safe travels home everyone, was a pleasure to have you visiting and hope you will be back soon. 

The work we did for for Sogn og Fjordane County Governor will be collected in a report to be published early fall.

Ås Newspaper, Sogndal Newspaper and The Farmers Union all wrote about the summer school and articles can be downloaded here:

Ås Newspaper: Studerer livet på landet
Farmers Union website: Bondelaget_Sommarskulestudentar på småkraftsynfaring i Jostedalen

Sogndal Newspaper (picture by Katja Cappelen) 

Programme Draft ICRPS Summer Institute 2011

The International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute 2011 program is taking shape. A programme draft is now avaiable for downloading at our homepage HERE

As last yeare in Oregon, also this years Institute in Norway will be packed with lectures, discussions, group work, research and field trips around topics as food security, ecological sanitation, youth migration, demographic change, rural communities in transition and more.

We are working on putting together the best possible institute for both faculty and graduate / PhD students. If you are planning to apply for the summer institute, please don´t hesitate to get in contact.

PS: Please be aware that the program is preliminary and changes might occur within the next couple of weeks.

OREGON urban-rural

Fotball VM ligger i vår nære fortid. Dette året fant begivenheten sted i Sør-Afrika samtidig som jeg selv befant meg på USAs vestkyst, Oregon. Oregon er verdens største produsent og eksportør av gressfrø og alt gress det offisielt ble spilt på i Sør-Afrika under VM, – var produsert nettopp i Oregon. En rar verden….

Men det produseres ikke bare gress i denne staten nordvest i USA. Det er snakk om storskalaproduksjon av rundt 220 planter og grønnsaker og aller aller mest produseres det såkalte ”nursery plants” – på norsk kjent som pynteplanter…. En absurditet som blir enda mer absurd når man beveger seg rundt i Oregon og ser de gigantiske plantasjene fulle av hagebusker, små trær og manipulere kreasjoner som skal pynte hager og parkanlegg herfra til evigheten, Shanghai og Paris inkludert…

En selvforsørger som meg hadde da større sans for de mer nyttige aspektene ved Oregons jordbruk. Og for et jordbruk! Med 12 måneders vekstsesong i året kan man gro både det ene og det andre. For eksempel er Oregon USAs største produsent av hasselnøtter og de blir en stadig større vinprodusent (takket være global warming og at temperaturene kryper oppover kartet og etterlater California tørrere og tørrere områder…).