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10 October 2014

The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), based at the University of Gloucestershire, has announced details of its 2015 Rural Policy Conference.

‘Countryside Values for the 21st Century’ will examine how topics once confined to the countryside, such as farming and food and environmental and climate management, have now become matters of wider and more pressing societal concerns.

It will reflect on the economic transition away from farming to the multiple needs that the 21st century society seeks to meet from the countryside, including food, energy, materials and medicines as well as recreation, leisure and housing, and to share ideas and experience about how it could and will respond.

Professor Janet Dwyer, Director of the CCRI, says,

“The 2015 conference will provide a platform to explore and celebrate what the contemporary countryside offers with a focus on its key needs and concerns for the future. Taking a lead from our suite of current research, and in dialogue with leading thinkers and actors, the conference aims to shed new light on the inter-connected topics of ‘Inclusive food systems’, ‘Well being, Happiness and Rural Policy’ and ‘Learning and innovation for sustainable farm businesses’.”

The event takes place on 22 January 2015 at the Royal Society, London. Full information is available at

Notes for Editors:

The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) is one of the leading specialist rural research centres in the Europe with programmes of research in rural community development, rural poverty, agri-environment policies, agri-tourism, local sustainability, local economic development, EU and UK rural development, and the planning system in the countryside. See for more information.

Dr Matt Reed, Organiser of the conference, can be contacted on tel. +44 (0) 1242 714138. Email:

Chris Rayfield, the CCRI Business Manager, can be contacted on tel. +44 (0) 1242 714121. Email:
Information regarding the 2015 Rural Policy Conference can be found on