ESR-project 1

“Dynamics of rural regions in Europe – an economic investigation”,

Work package 1: Challenges and dynamics of structurally weak regions

Regional studies confirm a growing economic (and social) polarisation of rural regions: While some regions are faced with serious and increasing weaknesses, in other rural regions problems are less severe. The question is which socio-economic factors create these differences. Another issue to be considered is in which ways demographic change will economically affect the regions in the future. The economic dynamics of all of the selected RURACTION regions will be investigated by statistical analyses of existing structural data. The investigation not only includes the current situation but also analyses of structural changes and the deduction of future prospects in order to provide regional (social entrepreneurial) actors with information about future challenges and potentials for acting.

This project is hosted at Adam-Mickiewicz-University, Poland


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