The book "Lokalsamfunn" (“Local Communities”) was recently published. The editors Mariann Villa and Marit S. Haugen and several of the contributors are affiliated with the Centre for Rural Research. In this book, a large number of social scientists offer research-based knowledge of local communities, presented through various approaches. What is a local community, and what role do community, identity, culture and local development play in local communities today?
Centre for Rural Research will participate in the new EU-funded project AgriLink as a research partner. The project aims to stimulate sustainability transitions in European agriculture through gaining a better understanding of the roles played by farm advice in farmer decision-making.
The findings of the research project “Accidents in agriculture (2011-2015)” suggest that awareness about accidents is in itself a preventative measure. To contribute to increased awareness in Norway the researchers decided to sum up their results and recommendations in a popularized report that has been very well received.
The need for day care services for people with dementia is increasing. A new project will research all aspects of this.
The government has set a goal for greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture to be reduced by 40 percent within 2030. In order to achieve this, far more effective measures are needed than what has been proposed so far. To bind carbon through the production of biochar is an initiative with great potential. It also has other, equally interesting benefits to that of the potential greenhouse effect.
Norwegian tourism is growing rapidly. Now researchers know more about the scope and how Norwegian nature is used to create commercial tourism activities.
“Island municipalities after the amalgamation reform. ‘Involuntary small municipalities’, but strong?” In this report researchers at Centre for Rural Research explored what is required for the four objectives of the Norwegian municipal reform to apply also to island municipalities without a mainland connection.
Arena Forest Industries in Trøndelag had its kickoff conference 17 and 18 October 2016. The 14 December will all the Arena-involved research institutions meet the Arena-leaders for the first time. The event takes place at Centre for Rural Research in Trondheim.
The largest full-service and conference hotel in Trondheim, Scandic Nidelven Hotel, has won the Twinings Best Breakfast award 11 years in a row. Now researchers have taken a closer look: How do they actually manage to get people to book a hotel room because of the food?
Gro Follo, researcher at Centre for Rural Research, has for many years been interested in personal forest ownership. Along with research colleagues from six other countries, she has now published an article reflecting on the topic of women as so-called "new forest owners."
The International Handbook of Rural Studies was recently released with three contributions from Centre for Rural Research. The book presents status quo in rural research and points the way forward on key challenges. Editors are Professor David Brown, Cornell University, USA and Professor Mark Shucksmith, Newcastle University, UK.
A new research report from the Northern Research Institute (Norut), Centre for Rural Research and Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) sums up the status of the bio-based industries in Norway.
Centre for Rural Research (CRR) is participating in a new EU project on how small farms contribute to sustainable food and nutrition security. The project members recently partook in a kick-off in Èvora, Portugal.
Nordic Research and Innovation Pathways towards a Circular Bio-economy. This conference puts emphases on cycle-thinking in technology, foresight exercises and transitions related to different aspects of the bio-economy and future challenges and possibilities for both researchers and industry.
The NESS2015 conference is held at NTNU Gløshaugen 8 - 10 june 2015 with the title: 'Contested Natures – new strategies, ideas and dialogues?'
“Democracy, equity, and the local community: Welfare and education in a globalized world” is a network partnership that aims to develop research that studies trends in local communities, with a special focus on welfare, democracy, and equity. This has become especially timely in light of structural changes and international development trends, as reflected by the relationship between schools and local communities.
The postponed Nordic conference "Nordic Ruralities" will be arranged 08 – 10 September 2014, at NOVA conference center.
Due to strike in the hotel sector we are unfortunately forced to postpone the Nordic conference.
Bygdeforskning has another professor-level researcher. Dr Rob Burton was promoted to Forsker I on the 11th of April after an evaluation of competence by two renowned external professors (Prof. Arild Blekesaune, NTNU, and Prof. Mark Shucksmith, Newcastle University). The promotion recognises the work Dr Burton has conducted over the last 15 years in the field of rural geography.
The five years long research project on multi-property cooperation for forest owners has now published its final report and given its recommendations.
Abstracts should be submitted to the group convener by 30th January 2014 , and should be no longer than 1 page and in english.
In a new article researchers Magnar Forbord, Hilde Bjørkhaug and Rob Burton at the Norwegian Centre for Rural Research puts focus on how and why the pattern in control of arable land through ownership and renting has changed over the last 50 years in Norway.
The conference "Nordic Ruralities - Thriving and Declining Communities" will be held on 12th -14th May 2014 at the Best Western Nova Hotel, Trondheim, Norway.
The organic boom in agriculture at the turn of the new millennium culminated in ambitious political goals for further growth in organic agricultural production and consumption. In Norway, the present goal is to reach a level of 15% organic production and consumption by 2020. So far, the requested shift toward organic farming has not occurred at the anticipated level.
The aim of this project is to study a range of successful mid-scale food value chains and show the fundamental prerequisites for their success in combining volume and values in order to support the development of new organic value chains and provide new opportunities for organic actors.
In an article published in the journal Hospitality & Society, Berit Brandth and Marit S. Haugen analyze the overlap between work and home in farm tourism. When farmers diversify their production into tourism using their homes as a commercial arena for hosting visitors, new challenges regarding boundaries between private and public, home and work arise. The article shows how central aspects of hosting involve inherent dilemmas between the farm as a home and as a site of commercial activities.
Agricultural land is a vital yet limited resource. We depend upon it for food production, but it is also in direct competition with other land-based activities, such as housing, infrastructure, mining, investment, carbon off-setting, nature conservation and industry. This competition has direct impacts for national and international food security. The spectre of food insecurity is also intensified by the combination of global population growth, environmental degradation, climate change and excessive market speculation - or land-grabbing - of agricultural assets.
The XIII Congress of the International Rural Sociology Association (IRSA) was held in Lisbon, Portugal July 29-August 4.
Reidar Almås, Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim, Norway and
Hugh Campbell, University of Otago, Duneden, New Zealand (Eds):
Lack of women in boardrooms and management has been a common feature of corporate and agricultural sectors in Norway. In both sectors, quota reforms have been implemented in order to change this situation. This chapter analyses the reasons given for applying gender quotas.
In the article that has been published in Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development studies do Hilde Bjørkhaug and Gunn Turid Kvam explore reasons for and plans for growth among these producers.
In a recent article in International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food (IJSAF), Jostein Brobakk and Reidar Almås has studied the drivers behind the events leading up to the 2008 food crisis.
In the article, published in Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning (Journal of Gender Research) Hilde Bjørkhaug explore the relationship between gender quotas and professionalization of boards.
The project Coast Tour will produce new knowledge about different aspects of cooperation in the development of coastal tourism.
In the article, published in Journal of Rural Studies, Mark Shucksmith and Katrina Rønningen discuss the situation for small farms in Scotland and in Norway.
Many second home owners demand rights, benefits, and influence in their host community, and in the article 'Rural residents’ opinions about second home owners’ pursuit of own interests in the host community', Maja Farstad examines how second home owners in pursuit of their interests can gain acceptance among local residents.
In the new article 'Conflicts and contestations. Rural populations' perspectives on the second homes phenomenon', published in Journal of Rural Studies, Johan Fredrik Rye discusses the relationships between local rural populations and the visiting second home population in the Norwegian context.
Recent developments relating to the second homes phenomenon are intertwined with fundamental changes in the character of rurality in Norwegian society, write Johan Fredrik Rye and Nina Gunnerud Berg in their new article 'The second home phenomenon and Norwegian rurality' published in Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography.
At the XXIV European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, 16 papers from researchers at the CRR will be presented. In addition, researchers from the centre will lead four of the working groups at the conference.
Lee-Ann Sutherland (James Hutton Institute) and Rob J. F. Burton have a new article in Sociologia Ruralis no. 3 2011. The article is titled "Good Farmers, Good Neighbours? The Role of Cultural Capital in Social Capital Development in a Scottish Farming Community".
Jostein Vik and Gerald McElwee analyzes the Norwegian farmers' motivations for farm diversification in an article published in Journal of Small Business Management.
The report "It's about feelings - a study of vacant agricultural properties" examines the complexities surrounding the sale of vacant agricultural properties in Norway.
H.M. The King of Norway has appointed Professor Reidar Almås Knight 1 Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. It is conferred as “a reward for distinguished services rendered to the country and mankind”. This is given for his effort and commitment in rural sociology.
Together with Signe Sønvisen and Jahn Petter Johnsen (Norwegian College of Fishery Science), Jostein Vik has written the article “The Norwegian coastal employment system: What it was and what it is“, published in Maritime Studies (MAST).
Centre for Rural Research (CRR) is an independent research foundation located at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. CRR carries out social research and development projects for the national research council, as well as public and private sectors.
The staff includes about 24 researchers with backgrounds in sociology, geography, business economics, social anthropology, political science, agronomy and fisheries.
CRR aims at being one of the leading research groups within rural sociology in Europe. We have extensive international research co-operation through participation in research networks and comparative projects in the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe.