Sunday, 03 November 2013 09:48

Is death of rural communities inevitable?

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Is death of rural communities inevitable?

ACADEMIC experts and the public are to debate the precarious status of Britain's rural communities.

Hosted by Lincoln University, the event will consider the changing shape of rurality in the UK, and what this means for families, businesses and politicians.

The debate, to be held at the University's Business & Law Building at 6pm on Tuesday (5 November), challenges the panel and the public to consider the premise that "the death of the rural is inevitable".

It is free to attend for anyone with an interest in the future of Britain's rural communities and economy.

The discussion will be fronted by four expert panellists who have each researched issues associated with rural life in Britain; Professor Nigel Curry, Professor Peter Somerville, Professor John Shepherd and Dr Keith Halfacree.

They will present their contrasting views on the likely fate of Britain's rural communities. Audience members will be invited to pose their own questions to the panel and engage in the debate.

The event, part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science 2013, has been organised by Gary Bosworth, director of research in Lincoln Business School and a nationally-recognised voice on questions of rural development.

Dr Bosworth said: "The word 'rural' invokes strong emotions in people from many walks of life, and we can see this reflected in everything from tourism to town planning. It's also a word that has multiple meanings.

"This event aims to get people thinking about what it really means in 21st century Britain.

"Interpreting rurality is not just a point of academic interest.

It's also crucial that policymakers' understanding of rural communities is based on reality, not picture postcard assumptions, because it is they who will determine the planning and economic policies which will decide the fortunes of these communities over the coming decades.

"This debate will help to inform our research on this fundamental question."

Attendance is free but places are limited. To register, contact Susan Marango on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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