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Prior to joining the CCRI in 2008, Katarina was deputy director and programme manager for a nationwide NGO – VOKA, the Rural Organisation for Community Activities in Slovakia, and has more than ten years’ experience working with local communities, NGOs and local/regional governments in Slovakia and neighbouring countries. Katarina’s expertise is predominantly in rural and community development with special interest in LEADER. Since joining CCRI she has been involved in a variety projects, mainly focusing on broader EU rural concepts and policies, as well as projects related to community development and wellbeing.

Recent Publications

Baker, Colin, Courtney, Paul, Kubinakova, Katarina, Crone, Diane M and Billinghham, Diana (2019) Assessing the broader social outcomes of a community health programme through a social-ecological framework. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. ISSN 1463-5240 (In Press)

Ingram, J, Maye, D, Kirwan J, Curry, N, Kubinakova, K. (2015) Interactions between niche and regime: an analysis of learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture across Europe. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 21 (1), 55-71 (SOLINSA Special Issue). Awarded the ‘best article of the year’ (2015) by the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. Free access to paper online.

Ingram, J, Maye, D, Kirwan J, Curry, N, Kubinakova, K. (2014) Learning in the Permaculture Community of Practice in England: an analysis of the relationship between core practices and boundary processes. Journal of Agricultural Extension and Education, 20 (3), 275-290. Awarded the ‘best article of the year’ (2014) by the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension.

Dwyer, Janet C, Micha, Evgenia, Kubinakova, Katarina, Van Bunnen, Patrick, Schuh, Bernd, Maucorps, Ambre and Mantino, Francesco (2019) Evaluation of the impact of the CAP on generational renewal, local development and jobs in rural areas. Technical Report. European Commission.

Maucorps, Ambre, Münch, Arndt, Brkanovic, Sanja, Schuh, Bernd, Dwyer, Janet C , Vigani, Mauro, Khafagy, Amr, Coto Sauras, María, Deschellette, Perrine, Lopez, Andrea, Severini, Simone, Antonioli, Federico, Gaugitsch, Roland, Powell, John R, Kubinakova, Katarina, Derszniak-Noirjean, Martyna, Gaupp-Berghausen, Mailin, Salasan, Cosmin, Hsiung, Chien-Hui, Fasching, Florian and Keringer, Florian (2019) The EU farming employment: current challenges and future prospects. Technical Report. European Parliament Think Tank.

Berry, Robert, Kubinakova, Katarina, Bennett, Rachel, Khafagy, Amr and Reed, Matt (2019) Market Towns Project - Prepared for Gloucestershire Market Towns Forum. Project Report. CCRI & Gloucestershire Market Towns Forum, Gloucester.

Kubinakova, Katarina and Courtney, Paul (2018) Evaluating the Impact of a New Model of Time Banking - Final Report. Project Report. University of Goucestershire.

Baker, Colin, Courtney, Paul, Kubinakova, Katarina, Ellis, Elizabeth, Loughren, Elizabeth A and Crone, Diane (2017) Gloucestershire Active Together Evaluation Final Report. Project Report. University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.

Baker, C., Courtney, P., Kubinakova, K., Ellis, L., Loughren, E. A., & Crone, D. (2016). Gloucestershire Active Together Evaluation Final Report. Cheltenham: University of Gloucestershire.

Dwyer, J., Kubinakova, K., Lewis, N., Powell, J., Vigani, M., Fährmann, B., Gocht, A., Grajewski, R.,Sauras, M. Coto Cachinero, P. Nieto,Mantino, F., Berriet-Solliec, M. and Pham, Hai-vu (2016) Research for AGRI Committee - Programmes implementing the 2015-2020 Rural Development Policy. Project Report. Policy Department: Structural and Cohesion Policy European Parliament, Brussels.

Kambites,C., Kubinakova, K. and Berry,R. (2014) Mapping Communities in Gloucestershire Project, Gloucestershire County Council

Ingram,J., Curry, N., Kirwan, J., Maye, D. and Kubinakova, K (2013b). WP4 Analytical Characteristics Report. SOLINSA project Deliverable 4.2b, October 2013. Available at

Hermans, F., Favilli, E., Home, R., Anh Joly, K., Kubinakova, K., Kunda, I., Nemes, G., Neumeister, D., Rossi, A., Sorg, L. and Varga, A. (2013).  WP4 Analytical Characteristics Report: Perspectives of Sustainable Agriculture. SOLINSA project Deliverable 4.2c, October 2013. Available at

Kambites,C.; Kubinakova, K. and Moseley, M. (2010) Adaptation to Climate Change by Local Communities in Rural Europe; a Review of Some Recent Experience; The Arkleton Trust report

Courtney, P., Gaskell, P., Mills, J., Boase, R., Cheese, L., Jones, O., Kubinakova, K., Lewis, N. and Urquhart, J. (2008) Scoping Study on the Socio-Economic Benefits of Heritage in the National Parks – Final Report for English Heritage and Cadw.

Powell, J. and Kubinakova, K. (2014) SROI as an assessment tool for NRN activities. In: 21st NRN ENRD Workshop on ‘Understanding NRN evaluation & self-assessment’, 5 - 8 May 2014, Kendal, England. (Unpublished)

Kubinakova, K (2014) From Top down to Bottom up and Back Again? Is LEADER Still a Genuine Bottom up Development Tool? UACES 44th annual conference, Cork, Ireland

Kubinakova,K (2013) Territorial rural development or How well the current Leader answers the notion of integration. Reflection of English and Slovakian Experience. Regional Studies Early Career conference, Manchester.(unpublished)