On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th May, the CCRI was delighted to welcome a delegation of five Swedish researchers to the University of Gloucestershire, in Cheltenham.

From Karlstad University, Professor Margareta Dahlström and Dr Moa Tunström are respectively the former and current directors of the Centre for Research on Sustainable Societal Transformation. They were accompanied by PhD researcher Mathilde de Goer de Herve. These Karlstad guests were joined by Professor Brita Hermelin and Assistant Professor Sara Gustafsson, both from the Centre for Local Government Studies at the University of Linköping.

The visitors contributed to a two-day seminar with CCRI researchers and colleagues from the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Arts and School of Natural Sciences on rural-urban links and sustainable transformation. The visit was funded by the Swedish Riksbank.

Through a wide-ranging collection of research presentations, discussion included many areas of overlapping interest, including community participation in agreeing land use changes, building justice into climate risk management, methodologies for experimenting with governance and enterprise innovations, and the functional interdependence of urban and rural places.

Collaboration will continue at the Nordic Geographers’ Meeting (NGM) in Joensuu in June, where Brita, Margareta and seminar organiser Dan Keech (CCRI) will be hosting conference session 14 (here) – three years after they first met at the NGM in Trondheim.

More details available regarding the conference can be obtained from Dan: dkeech@glos.ac.uk who can also be found on Twitter @dkeech1.