Case studies selection for further analysis: EU rural promising contexts

We are ready to start working at our 30 case studies on promising practices related to rural newcomers, new entrants into farming and successors. Ten case studies will be executed for each of these three profiles. The aim is to provide insights on the background from which the promising practices have emerged, the implementation processes and the role they play in generational renewal, rural innovation and rural development.

We have selected practices in intermediate, urban and rural region in 11 European countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherland, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom.

Geographical distribution of selected case studies

The selection has been made based on the project assessment framework and focusing on the following six multi-faceted principles: efficiency, legitimacy, rooted, interconnected, innovation and adaptability and considering gender dimension.

96 promising practices have been selected and then, considering the geographical diversity and the results of the assessment, 48 experiences were listed. Among them the 30 case studies were selected ensuring a balanced set of geographical and socio-economic situations across the European countries.

Case studies, involving all partners, are executed by 8 regional teams lead by University of Calabria (UNICAL), University of Debrecen (UNIDEB), Institut fur Landes (ILS), Centre Nacional de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) , National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), University of Turku (UTU) and University of Wroclaw (UWR). A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods will be used. In each case study an average of 20 semi-structured in-depth interviews and a focus group will be realized. In order to gather stakeholder’s feedback, the research findings will be presented in a meeting gathering policy makers and stakeholders. It will be organized in the 30 contexts investigated.

A brief description of the case studies is shown here.