The NUI Galway Rural Studies Centre Seminar Series 2022 was established in conjunction with the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and provides a platform for Irish academics and key rural stakeholders to present their research or rural projects; network with others engaged in a similar space, both within and beyond academia and to initiate discussions around key rural issues.
The Seminar Series has evolved from NUI Galway’s participation in ‘Our Rural Future Higher Education and Research Network’, established by the DRCD as a commitment to Our Rural Future 2021-2025, Ireland’s new national rural development policy. This rural policy provides a blueprint for sustainable rural development over the next five years. The Policy articulates a new, ambitious vision for rural Ireland, which recognises its integral role in ensuring Ireland thrives economically, socially and culturally.
Rural Voices – Session 1
The opening session of the Rural Voices series will feature Dr Andrew Forde, who leads on the development and oversight of the implementation of Our Rural Future will focus on the national rural development policy context, the relationship between rural development and Ireland’s economic and social recovery, and the critical importance of prioritising a sustainable rural development agenda against a backdrop of mega trends such as climate change.
Date: Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting here: https://nuigalway-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUodOGqpjotGdHCG9mVmswAw-LRvaCy19Ch
Dr Andrew Forde is the Head of Rural Strategy and Social Enterprise at the Department of Rural and Community Development. He is responsible for the development and oversight of implementation of Our Rural Future, Ireland’s new National Rural Development Policy 2021 – 2025, and for the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019 – 2022. He Chairs the National Social Enterprise Policy Implementation Group and is the Irish government’s representative on the European Commission Expert Group on the Social Economy (GECES). He also Chairs the Higher Education and Research Network on Rural Development. Andrew holds a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway and prior to joining the civil service he spent 15 years working with international human rights and civil society organisations mainly in post-conflict regions.
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