Seminar 2012

Attendees at the Arkleton Seminar, November 2012

 

Rural Development in an Age of Austerity

The 2012 seminar was held in November 2012.  The seminar was held with an eye to the future rather than a culmination of work completed. The Trust has always been at the cutting edge and ahead of times with its thinking but with the development of the use of I.T. it is becoming harder to keep ahead of the issues of the day. During 2012 the Trust funded some papers examining future areas that those involved feel strongly about.  We had 6 awardees working on the following subjects:

  • Informal and non-traditional education for rural development
  • How do we sustain rural communities in their own place?
  • Improving smallholders’ livelihood through emerging social (agri)business models
  • Building resilient institutional infrastructures for development in remote rural areas
  • Doing rural development in the economic downturn by economic solidarity
  • Connected crofts and hubs of excellence

The three selected for presentation at the seminar were:

  • How do we sustain rural communities in their own place?
  • Building resilient institutional infrastructures for development in remote rural areas; and
  • Connected crofts and hubs of excellence

At the seminar participants discussed the work presented and incorporated issues from this together with issues from the John Higgs Memorial Lecture, which Richard Leafe presented, to tease out where there is a niche for the Trust to fund further research.  There was further input from a project funded by the John Higgs Memorial Trust on rural livelihood diversification and adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh.

There were 22 participants, including the awardees, who were invited in their own right to share their views. It has been a tradition of all Arkleton meetings and seminars that we do not attribute anything said to a particular speaker. We meet as individuals, sharing a common concern so the seminar takes the form of a round table debate under Chatham House rules.

The John Higgs Memorial Lecture was delivered by Richard Leafe, drawing on his innovative approach to sustainable development in the Lake District National Park.

The report of the seminar can be downloaded here

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