The ESRS conference will host 32 Working Groups along three thematic areas that will explore rural futures in Europe. Under the core theme of Rural Futures in a Complex World, we identify three further themes which raise questions for rural studies and which necessarily transcend disciplinary boundaries.

  1. Innovation, artificial intelligence and digitisation
  2. Social justice and rural spaces and places
  3. Knowledge production, policymaking and research agendas

We are delighted to be able to offer a variety of formats for our Working Groups. There are 21 traditional long paper sessions. The remaining 11 are a mixture of lightning talks, panel debates, fishbowl sessions and split sessions. We believe this will make for a really exciting conference, offering the opportunity for researchers across Europe to participate in a way that best suits them.

Each Working Group description outlines the topic, the specific approach and the format of that WG. The convenors of the Working Groups are listed, as well as the contact person in the links below. Send your abstract to the contact person before January 10th 2019. Please use our uploader below and the abstract will be sent to the right contact person(s).

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