Working group. Responding to present and future crises in rural areas: good practice methodologies and approaches

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This WG is intended to bring together multi- and interdisciplinary researchers at different stages of their careers to share and reflect on their experiences of responding to rural crises and to generate insights into good practice in methodological approaches in times of crisis. The WG will facilitate important conversations about how we, as researchers, can understand transformational changes in rural places, how traditional methods and research approaches are being updated and reworked during this period of rapid societal change, and what constitutes best practice for future rural research. The insights and discussion emerging from this WG will hopefully contribute to a special issue considering good practice in methodological approaches to rural crises.

Topic: The ongoing disruptive nature of global crises such as climate change, Covid-19, war and the cost of living has been said to amount to a state of permanent crisis, or “permacrisis”, with particular implications for rural and island communities. Most notably rural spaces and their peripheries have come to be seen as places of escape and refuge, but this portrayal belies the significant complexity of these crises’ affects. In response to these rapid societal shifts, rural researchers are adapting their research designs to address new questions, adjust to evolving societal norms, and account for changes in research participants’ circumstances.

We welcome short presentations from early career and established researchers that provide examples of how quantitative and qualitative methods have been adapted, created or applied in times of crisis, and the challenges and opportunities this brings.

Presentations may address questions such as:

How do our perceptions of crisis affect our approach to rural studies, both conceptually and methodologically?
What are the benefits to interdisciplinarity research teams in responding to rural research?
Which methods are most impactful in times of crisis in informing a policy response?
What methods can we use to respond to crises quickly?
How can we engage with research participants sensitively during difficult times?
What are the implications of digitalisation for rural research?
What lessons have we learned from crisis-related methodological adaptation for the future of rural research?
How can knowledge and outputs be effectively co-produced with the rural areas (places and communities) we seek to understand?
Period4 Jul 20236 Jul 2023
Event typeConference
LocationRennes, FranceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational