Two weeks ago, from October 12-13, we had our final conference of the EU-funded research project DERREG (www.derreg.eu) in Murska Sobota, Slovenia. Here the major findings of the project were presented.
DERREG coordinator prof. Michael Woods first presented (see presentation) an overwiew of the project and an interpretative model (see below) on how regions are affected by and respond to forces of globalisation mediated by various catalyst and he ended with a typology of regional responses based on the research done in the 10 case study regions. See also the DERREG Summary Report by Michael Woods.
Successively the coordinators of the four Work Packages presented the main findings along four themes:
- Rural Businesses, Global Engagement and Local Embeddedness (presented by Andrew Copus)
- International Migration and Rural Europe (presented by Birte Nienaber)
- The Global Environment and Rural Sustainable Development (presented by Joachim Burdack & Michael Kriszan)
- Rural regional learning (presented by Dirk Roep and Wiebke Wellbrock)
Each overview was illustrated with findings for two case study areas presented by the respective partners.
A separate session was dedicated to policy perspective on globalisation and rural development in Slovenia and in particular the Pomurje region in the north of Slovenia were Murska Sobota is located and the Final conference took place.
At the end, guest speakers from the Goriška region in Slovenia, the Övre Norrland in Sweden, the Westerkwartier region in the Netherlands and the Steirische Mur-Drau-Bioenergie-Region in Austria highlighted four good practices of how regions can respond to global processes and benefit from it.
All presentations can be downloaded from the DEREG website: http://www.derreg.eu/content/events/final-conference-derreg-project (at the bottom of the webpage).
At the DERREG resource-centre other proceedings are made accessible too, such as the WP reports, the case study context reports and case study summary reports. Look at http://www.derreg.eu/content/resource-centre. Finally, a database of good practice across the WP theme’s and case study areas has been built and made accessible: look at http://www.derreg.eu/content/good-practice-database.
Last but not least: video clips are made for each of the ten case study regions and when ready these will be published on You tube and announced at the website.
The project will finish by the end of this year. The partners are now working on several scientific publications in journals and books. By the end of this year and beginning of 2012 DERREG related articles will be published in two special issue of the European Countryside, an online journal (see the content of latest issue). Next will be an edited book published by Ashgate titled ‘Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions‘ which will capitalise the findings for the 10 case study areas.
Publications will be announced at the resource-centre of the DERREG website, as for the video clips, and information will be posted on this blog.