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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ESR-project 5: Sunna Kovanen

Social entrepreneurship as a collaborative process This research aims at expanding on an underexplored theme in the field of rural social entrepreneurship. There has been a strong focus on individual changemakers as drivers of social innovation, lacking empiric support and critical reflection. Therefore, there is a need to understand and analyse the “social” of the…

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