Nathan Kerrigan, Birmingham City University,; Tiina Sotkasiira, University of Eastern Finland,; Dr Mark Riley (University of Liverpool, Riley, Dr Sam Scott (University of Gloucestershire,; Emma Thomas (university of Liverpool,


Temporal and spatial change has rearticulated the ways in which boundaries are drawn around who is included/excluded from living and working in the countryside. Migration patterns have (re)shaped workforce movements (and the nature of work) and have also (re)defined the construction and subject positions of minority ethnic populations living in the countryside. Attending to the conference theme of ‘social justice and rural spaces and places’, this working group will focus on two areas: 1) the presence of intersectionality in the lived experiences of “marginalised” minority ethnic groups in rural and remote communities; and 2) the changing nature (and invisibility) of rural work. In relation to the first area, the group will consider questions such as: should we still explore rural otherness predominantly through the lens of ethnicity? What are the benefits and consequences of moving the focus away from ethnicity to a more intersectional approach to understanding the exclusions experienced by rural residents with various marginalised background and identities? The second area invites contributions from those considering any area of the underexplored aspects of rural (and specifically agricultural) work. We welcome papers that explore diverse and also interdisciplinary approaches to these themes, would welcome work from different empirical contexts and which might offer both theoretical insight and/or methodological interventions and recommendations for future rural policy.

Topic: Minority groups; ethnicity; International labour migration, agricultural work and labour, rural employment regimes, temporary and seasonal work.

Format: The WG will be organized in the form of traditional workshop: 3-4 papers will be presented before opening to the floor for question and answers and wider discussion and debate. While we envisage workshop presentations to be presented in a more of a traditional format, we would encourage you to present your research through more creative means (e.g., Pecha Kucha, data verbalisation, etc.)