Rural Development Research Gateway
The ENRD supports the exchange of experience and information which promotes the effectiveness and efficiency of EU rural development policy. This includes actively engaging with other relevant networks.
One such important target group is the EU rural development research community. In this section of the website, are the results of a mapping exercise, which identifies EU institutions and organisations, initiatives and projects which involve research activities of relevance to rural development. Click on the links below for more detailed information.
Please note that this is an on-going process and further work will be undertaken. We welcome your feedback and if you have comments or suggestions, please contact us at: email@example.com
INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANISATIONS WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS
There is a wide range of institutions and organisations involved in research on rural development in the EU-27. This includes relevant bodies and services of the European Commission, as well as independent not-for-profit organisations.
Click on the links below for further information on the role and responsibilities of a selection of these institutions and organisations.
Initiatives here are taken to mean structures that are not regarded as institutions but which facilitate research on rural development, including networks, committees, information portals, etc. Click on the links below for further information about each initiative.
|European Research Area (ERA) - composed of all research and development activities, programmes and policies in Europe which have a transnational perspective|
|ERAWATCH - provides information on European, national and regional research systems, policies, and programmes in the EU and beyond|
|NETWATCH - online platform on ERA-Nets, transnational and R&D programme collaboration|
|EU-AgriNet - portal dedicated to EU-funded research in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development|
|RURAGRI ERA-NET - aims to improve coordination between on-going and future European, national and regional research programmes dealing with the new relationships between rural areas and agriculture in Europe|
|Standing Committee Agricultural Research (SCAR) - formed by representatives of Member States with a mandate to advise the Commission and the Member States on the coordination of agricultural research in Europe|
|Regions for Economic Change - initiative of the European Commission that aims to highlight good practice in urban and regional development, including that relevant to rural development|
|European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion (ESPON) - supports policy development related to EU Cohesion Policy|
Research is largely conducted through projects that have funding for a finite period to engage various partners on a clearly defined programme of research work. A selection of projects related to rural development is listed below. Click on the links for further information about each project.
|Development of a common generic methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of European agri-environmental schemes (AE-FOOTPRINT) - construction of a farm-level Agri-Environmental Footprint Index (AFI) that aggregates various quantifiable agri-environmental indicators|
|EU Bioenergy Policies and their effects on rural areas and agriculture policies (AGRIENERGY) - analysis of socio-economic, environmental and societal issues of EU bioenergy policies and their effects on CAP and concept of sustainable rural development|
|Common Agricultural Policy Regionalised Impact – The Rural Development Dimension (CAPRI-RD) – an operational Pan-European tool to analyse the regional impacts of all policy measures under CAP Pillar I and II|
|Developing Europe''s Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization (DERREG) – aims to develop understanding of rural development by examining globalization processes and local effects and experiences|
|European Development Opportunities in Rural Areas (EDORA)– a research project under the ESPON programme that studies the changes in rural areas of Europe to develop a clear and consistent rationale for policies to enhance territorial cohesion|
|Facilitating Alternative Agro-Food Network (FAAN) - research and recommendations relating to policy changes for the future strengthening of local food systems in the EU|
|Mountain Sustainability: Transforming Research into Practice (Mountain.Trip) – the development of better relationships between users and researchers through the translation of research findings into more useful and accessible information for practitioners|
|Rural Development Impact (RUDI) - enhancing understanding of the social, institutional and capacity–building effects of rural development policies at national and regional level|
|Rural Future Networks (RUFUS) - providing policy makers and stakeholders with a better theoretical and practical understanding of how CAP measures interact with other forms of public intervention in rural development|
|Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation (SoCo) - to improve the understanding of soil conservation practices in agriculture and how farmers can be encouraged through appropriate policy measures to adopt these practices|
|Small and medium Sized Towns (TOWN) – investigation of the role of small and medium-sized towns in promoting territorial cohesion in Europe|