Proyectos internacionales

2013-2017: RETHINK:Rethinking the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources

Título del proyecto

RETHINK: Rethinking the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources
Entidad financiadora: VII Programa Marco Europeo. A transdisciplinary research project supported by the European Commission and funding bodies in 14 countries under the umbrella of FP7 and the RURAGRI ERA-NET
Entidades Participantes: El consorcio RETHINK, además de la UPM-GESPLAN, esta formado por los siguientes centros de Investigación de reconocido prestigio en la UE: Institute for Rural Development Research at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany); Univ. of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics (Vienna, Austria); Ghent University, Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (Ghent, Belgium);Swiss Association for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas (Switzerland);Copenhagen University, Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning (Copenhagen, Denmark); INRA, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Sciences pour l'Action et le Développement, Ecodéveloppement (Avignon, France); TEAGASC, The Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Johnstown Castle Research Centre (Ireland); ARAVA Central and Northern Arava Research and Development Sustainable Agriculture Consulting Group (Israel);Fondazione Studi e Ricerche CRPA (Reggio Emilia, Italy); Aleksandras Stulginskis University(Kaunas, Lithuania); Nodibinajums Baltic Studies Centre together with Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Economics (Riga, Latvia); University of Gothenburg, Global Sustainability Studies, School of Global Studies (Gothenburg, Sweden); Suleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Agriculture, West Mediterranean Agricultural Research Centre (Turkey).
Duración: 2013-2017
Investigador responsable: Ignacio de los Ríos Carmenado
Nº de Investigadores: Ignacio de los Ríos Carmenado, María Rivera, Teresa Herrera y Carmen García


How do market forces, societal demands and resource constraints interact to create opportunities and constraints for agriculture and rural areas across Europe? Where are the links between farmmodernisation, rural development and resilience and how can we shape positively? And, how can we develop the relationships between rural areas and urban centres in ways that increases overallresilience?

In addressing these questions the RETHINK project also explores the meaning of agricultural modernisation. It does so at a time of potentially profound change - when the agricultural sector must finally respond to increasing resource scarcity and distributional demands, and when economies, production systems and lifestyles must be transformed. RETHINK explores the connections between the development of agriculture and the wider societal and policy goal of vibrant and prosperous rural areas, explicitly recognizing the complexity of the challenges, the diversity in situations, and the multidimensionality of strategies for a more balanced development.

The analyses to be carried out are based on a set of common research questions. These have been used to select 14 major case studies, one in each participating country. The case studies will improve our understanding of the many factors that contribute to rural prosperity and resilience. Each case is an expression of an innovative development trajectory, highlighting potential synergies between farm modernisation and sustainable rural development.

A joint analytical framework will ensure the comparability of case study analyses and allow for recommendations to be made at a European level.

Where we are

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería
Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas

Campus Ciudad Universitaria
Avenida Puerta de Hierro, 2 - 4
28040 Madrid, España

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