ESR-project 10: Marina Novikova

The socio-economic impact of innovative solutions on regional development The research project focuses on the impact of social innovation in regional development. The field of social innovation has received scholarly and policy interest during the last two decades. However, so far there is no universal definition of the phenomenon, which leads to social innovation studies…

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ESR-project 2: Georgios Chatzichristos

The political framework for rural development and social entrepreneurship The project explores the role of political institutions in the development of social entrepreneurship in weak rural areas and ipso facto the very development of the areas. The present research approaches the situation of structurally weak rural regions as a matter of political support and policy…

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ESR-project 3: Sune W. Stoustrup

Discourses on regional problems and cultural knowledge patterns In current times, many rural regions in Europe are facing major social and economic problems. These developments are mirrored in the media, where rural areas face reoccurring negative discourses, which can further reduce economic opportunities e.g. by framing the regions as a less rewarding context for development.…

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ESR-project 4: Mara van Twuijver

Social entrepreneurial actors as troubleshooters in rural regions Rural communities continuously need to find ways to maintain themselves in a turbulent world. Processes such as globalisation affect both their economic and social welfare. It is acknowledged that in order to address problems that arise because of this, local responses need to be sought. To realise…

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