Special Symposium for Rural Planning International Seminar (Online)
– Western Europe-
Symposium Theme: Rural Areas in Transition
Date & Time: May 28, 2021 (Fri) 17:30-20:30
Method: Zoom webinar(live) ‒ free access
Language: English (English‒Japanese simultaneous interpretation provided for audience.)
In recent years, the world, including rural areas, has been in a transitional period． COVID-19 is said to have accelerated or directed the change. What is happening in rural areas of Western Europe now? The Symposium invites three key speakers from countries that have faced serious challenges and struggled to solve them ahead of time, in order to examine the changing paradigm and look at a new world beyond the change.
2. Speakers and coordinator
(1) Prof. Francesco Di Iacovo
Professor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development，University of PISA, Italy
[Title] Redesigning the farming system supporting local prosperity, the Italian experience
[Profile] Francesco Di Iacovo is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Pisa, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Italy where he is also Director. His research interests are on the multifunctional agriculture and social farming, social innovation and governance, sustainable local development an nature-based solutions. He has been involved in action researches with plural actors in rural-urban contexts, facilitating participatory processes in rural development, supporting rural policy development and transitions in multifunctional agriculture and social farming, developing social innovation paths. Scientific Coordinator and member for several National, EU, and international research projects on Social Farming, such as SoFar, COST Action Project on Green Care, on Ecosystem services (Contract 4.0) an on Smart cities (Inhabit).
(2) Prof. Bettina B. Bock
Professor for inclusive rural development Wageningen University
Professor for population decline and quality of rural life, Groningen University
[Title] Welfare in Dutch rural areas, challenges and opportunities
[Profile] Bettina B. Bock is professor for inclusive rural development Wageningen University and professor for population decline and quality of rural life, Groningen University, NL. She is
involved in research on the differentiation of the countryside, reflected in counterurbanisation and gentrification as well as population decline and marginalization. She is also interested in
the (cultural) urbanisation of rural areas and the changing values around agricultural production as particularly reflected in discussions on animal husbandry and animal welfare.
(3) Professor Jeremy Phillipson
Director, National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, UK
[Title] Fostering an Enterprising Countryside: Introducing the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise
[Profile] Jeremy Phillipson is Professor of Rural Development at the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University, UK, and Director of the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise. He has research interests on the development needs of rural economies and fishing communities, processes of expertise exchange within rural development, and on the integration of social and natural sciences in resource management.
Coordinator: Prof. Mikitaro Shobayashi (Gakushuin Women’s College)
Committee of International Affairs, Association of Rural Planning
e-mail: arp_international & rural-planning.jp (& -> @)