Damian Maye presenting at the ESRS conference
Damian Maye presenting at the ESRS conference

A CCRI team was in the historic city of Krakow, Poland, for the XXVIIth ESRS Conference, which took place from 24th to 27th July.

This year’s very successful conference was entitled ‘Uneven processes of rural change: On diversity, knowledge and justice’.  It explored processes of rural change from three interrelated perspectives:

1. Mirrors and the richness of diversity.

2. Whose truth, whose voice? Rural change and the creation of multiple knowledges.

3. Winners and losers. Rural change and the question of justice.

Damian Maye co-convened two sessions. The first was about sustainable agriculture and finance linked to the EU funded SUFISA project. Damian, with support from Mauro Vigani, James Kirwan and Hannah Chiswell, presented a paper at the session based on work that the CCRI is doing at the moment regarding dairy supply chains and contractualisation.

“Living with price volatility: strategies of dairy farmers to manage milk price uncertainty” Download abstract

Matt Reed at the ESRS Conference

Damian also co-convened a session with James Kirwan and Gianluca Brunori and colleagues about ethics and food chain governance, during which some excellent papers were presented. Damian, James and Gianluca presented a paper about responsibility and strategies to enable more reflexive governance. The research was linked to the GLAMUR project.

“Ethics in agri-food governance: responsibility, transparency and unintended consequences” Download abstract

Matt Reed chaired a working group looking at “Tap for change: ubiquitous ICT, food and rurality”. CCRI’s Marie Curie fellowship scholar, Marco Della Gala, presented “Mobile applications fostering situated learning opportunities in alternative agro-food networks”. Download abstract

In the same session, Matt and Rob Berry presented “Failing to connect: superfast broadband, rurality and the failing governance of rural England”.

See full programme.