IGU Conference: Policy, Research and Development Trends for Rural Revitalisation



Policy, research and development trends for rural revitalization in a Post-Rural World 


The Second International Conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering takes place at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Sweden. 


Organized by the International Geographical Union’s Commission for Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE) at the Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University. 


Jönköping, Sweden, October 17-19, 2018, with arrival 16 October


More information about the conference can be found here



The “flight from the countryside” has been going on for generations in the Western world and is now also a megatrend in the developing world. Long-term increasing productivity in agriculture have made it possible for the countrysides to feed ever growing urban populations. However, neither urbanization nor rural shrinkage are processes free from economic, social and environmental problems. The city-close countrysides tend to integrate with the growing metropolitan regions and lose more and more of their rural character. The vast areas outside the metropolitan regions are still of importance as sources for raw materials and foods, but mechanization, automation and digitization continuously decrease the need for labor for these activities. This implies depopulation and no potential for endogenous development of these areas. With the words of the French sociologist Henri Lefebvre, these areas are slowly given over “nature”. 


Simultaneous with this process, policies for rural development take place across the world. The European Union uses over a third of its budget for “rural development”, while urbanization continues. Rural development is also subject to policies in North America, Asia and Africa, with generally weak results. With few exceptions, the only rural regions that potentially can show a positive development seem to be those where new forms of land use, i.e. tourism and its side-activities are expanding. 


The conference "Policy, research and development trends for rural revitalization in a Post-Rural World" aims at analyzing rural development trends and investigate the relationship between rural transformation and land use with a critical assessment of current rural policies. The IGU Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering was formally established in late 2016 and this conference is the second in the order. . 


The conference includes plenary sessions and paper sessions. The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to: 



• Rural transformation and restructuring 


• Rural diversity, tourism and development modes 


• Rural economy, rural spaces and globalization 


• Rural development policies and their effects 


• Land engineering and modern agriculture 


• Land consolidation and rural reconstruction 


• Rural hollowing and land system innovation 


• Poverty reduction and rural inclusive growth 


• Rural environment and clean production 


• Innovation in food chains 


• Post-rurality and its consequences 







1 August 2018 


Deadline for abstracts and organized session proposals submission. Abstracts should include paper title, author(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) and must not exceed 250 words. 


15 August 2018 


Notification of decision for abstracts and organized session proposals 


1 October 2018 


Deadline for full paper submission. All papers submitted before deadline will be included in the program. 


16 October 2018 


Arrival in Jönköping and Welcome Party