Based on the EU-funded CORASON research project, this volume brings together and compares studies into rural and sustainable development processes in 12 European countries. In doing so, it identifies key trends and reveals the changing nature of development processes on the way towards a knowledge society.
The book examines the differences between the preconditions and contexts relevant to rural development strategies and those relevant to sustainable development strategies.
It explores whether the concept, goals and nature of rural development is better understood and adopted by rural actors than those of sustainable development.
Finally by focusing on the ideas and practices of sustainable resource management- a component in both rural and sustainable development objectives- it links with knowledge used by actors involved in rural development.
About the Author
Dr Karl Bruckmeier is Professor in Human Ecology, School of Global Studies and Human Ecology, Göteborg University, Sweden and Dr Hilary Tovey is Senior Lecturer/Head of Department, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Karl Bruckmeier, Hilary Tovey, Hilary Talbot, Lorna Dargan, Mark Shucksmith, Christina Höj Larsen, Krystyna Dzwonkowska-Godula, Andrzej Pilichowski, Pawel Starosta, Vera Majerová, Bernadett Csurgó, Imre Kovách, Boldizsár Megyesi, Giorgio Osti and Francesco Silvestri, Karoline Daugstad, Rosemarie Siebert, Lutz Laschewski, Krzysztof Gorlach, Tomasz Adamski, Marta Klekotko, Isabel Rodrigo, José Ferragolo da Viega, Charalambos Kasimis, Alex Koutsouris, Constantinos Liarikos, Apostolos G. Papadopoulos, Robert Mooney.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Introduction: natural resource management for rural sustainable development, Karl Bruckmeier and Hilary Tovey; Part I Diversification and Innovation in Rural Development: UK: sustainable livelihoods on the island of Skye, Hilary Talbot, Lorna Dargan and Mark Shucksmith; Sweden: the non-agricultural; rural economy as a component of rural sustainable development, Karl Bruckmeier and Christina Höj Larsen; Poland: diversification and different contexts of knowledge – the case of Polish rural areas, Krystyna Dzwonkowska-Godula, Andrzej Pilichowski and Pawel Starosta; Czech Republic: regional disparities and their influence on sustainable rural development – a comparison of 2 different regions, Vera Majerová; Hungary: nature and culture – resource management and knowledge use in a Hungarian micro-region, Bernadett Csurgó, Imre Kovách and Boldizsár Megyesi; Italy: practical knowledge and institutional mediation in a controversial case of clam farming, Giorgio Osti and Francesco Silvestri. Part II Environment and Sustainability in Rural Development: Ireland: ecologizing rural Ireland? Conflicts and contradictions regarding knowledge for sustainable development, Hilary Tovey; Norway: interpretations of sustainability related to designated areas, Karoline Daugstad; Germany: nature conservation and bio-diversity in the Northeast, Rosemarie Siebert and Lutz Laschewski; Poland: designing nature and resource management strategies, Krzysztof Gorlach, Tomasz Adamski and Marta Klekotko; Portugal: natural resources, sustainability and rural development, Isabel Rodrigo and José Ferragolo da Viega; Greece: knowledge forms and sustainable management of natural resources in Lake Plastiras, Charalambos Kasimis, Alex Koutsouris, Constantinos Liarikos and Apostolos G. Papadopoulos. Part III Comparison and Synthesis of CORASON Case Studies: Innovation in rural development and rural sustainable development, Hilary Tovey, Karl Bruckmeier and Robert Mooney; Conclusion: beyond the policy process: conditions for rural sustainable development in European countries, Karl Bruckmeier and Hilary Tovey; Index.