A new study of LEADER, commissioned by DG AGRI, is currently underway, led by a partnership of the CCRI in the UK, ÖIR (Austria) and ADE (Belgium). An online survey is available to collect experiences of those involved in LEADER.
CCRI’s visiting professor in European Rural Development, Michael Dower, has been keeping himself busy, undertaking various positions and working on several projects since he moved from Cheltenham to Beaminster in Dorset in 2012.
Damian Maye, James Kirwan, Dilshaad Bundhoo and Hannah Chiswell are at the Annual International Conference of the RGS-IBG, where Brexit is very much at the forefront of the CCRI presentations.
Javi Serrano Lara, a visiting PhD student from the Institute of Local Development, University of Valencia, Spain, is making a CCRI Seminar presentation during his stay in the CCRI. Javi has a background is in geography and environment. He graduated from the University of Valencia in 2013 and also gained a Masters in land management and environment in 2014. His research interests include the gender approach in rural areas and Geographic Information Systems. Javi is currently working on his PhD, which examines social capital in rural areas using social network analysis in relation to rural development programme (LEADER). During his stay in the UK,
Drs James Kirwan and Damian Maye have co-authored a paper about LEADER mainstreaming which has been published in the latest issue of European Urban and Regional Studies (2016, Vol. 23(1) 56–68).
On the 1 December, the CCRI will be welcoming researchers from the Institute of Agriculture Economics and Information and the Department of Rural Development in the Czech Republic.