Posts Tagged ‘ rural development ’

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) 

New Development Paradigm

Had a long refreshing jog along the seaside today listening to a great talk from the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship 2010. Well moderated and with an interesting panel discussing “The power structure in the new development paradigm”.

Download Pod cast HERE

Highly recommend it! (Both jog and this specific pod cast…)

Will be back in short with a summery of the talk for those of you who are more into bullet points….

International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Oregon 19.juni – 05.juli 2010

Årets ICRPS konferanse var viet ”rural/urban divide and public policy, agricultural communities in transition”. 27 høyt kvalifiserte og kompetente internasjonale studerende ledsaget av rundt 15 professorer og eksperter innen områder som waste and water management, ecological sanitation, food security, public policy and migration som tilbrakte i overkant av to uker sammen i Oregon. Det var en fantastisk erfaring, tettpakket med læringsopplevelser, inputs og inspirasjon rundt utfordrende og viktige temaer som:

–       Demographic change

–       Public services

–       Global warming

–       Developing rural economies

–       Assets and inequality

Jeg hadde under tiden gleden av å jobbe tett sammen med Ian Shanghvi fra Tanzania og Smit Cabbalero fra Mexico på et forskningsprosjekt vi ga tittelen ”Demographic change: Impact of labour emigration on sending rural communities”. Forskningsspørsmålet vi gikk etter i sømmene denne begrensede, men intense tiden var „What are the economic, social and cultural impacts of labour emigration on sending rural communities?“ – sett i et sammenlignende perspektiv. Spennende tema som utvilsomt har en helt annen umiddelbar relevans i eksempelvis det rurale Mexico enn på landsbygda i Norge…

THANKS Ian and Smit, – loved to be your first lady!