Project Description

The DERREG project aims to produce an interpretative model that will enable researchers and regional development actors to better anticipate and respond to the key challenges posed by globalization for rural regions.


DERREG is working across 10 case study regions in 8 EU countries selected to illustrate different geographical and socio-economic contexts. Specific aspects of globalization and regional development are being analysed through four empirical work packages: Global engagement and local embeddedness of rural businesses, International mobility and migration of rural populations; Environmental capital and sustainable rural development; and Capacity building, governance and knowledge systems.
The project will provide an understanding of the key regional development challenges in the light of major economic, social, political and cultural changes. Thus, it will help to understand how these challenges might be better anticipated and responded to.

Project Details

Aberystwyth University, UK
Leibniz Institut für Länderkunde, DE
Mendel University in Brno, CZ
National University of Ireland Galway, IE
Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, SE
Universität des Saarlandes, DE
Univerza v Ljubljani, SI
Wageningen Universiteit, NL
Znanstveno raziskovalni in izobraževalni zavod NeVork, SI
Prof Michael Woods
01.01.2009 - 31.12.2011
1.9 million euro
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Prof. Michael Woods, Aberystwyth University, UK