New and Emerging Rural Researchers: Rural Research at a time of transition.

Session convenors: Hannah Budge (Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, and Natasha Coleman (Swansea University,

Session format: 2 sessions, to include paper presentations and facilitated group discussion. In-person live and online pre-recorded presentations are welcome.

This session is for postgraduate and early career researchers only.


This annually held Rural Geography Research Group session welcomes new and emerging rural
geographers to explore their ideas and results within a supportive and constructive environment with
other postgraduate and early career researchers. 

The past years has seen a shift in how we understand rural spaces and conduct research within them,
as we navigate the challenges and changes brought about by events including Covid-19, Brexit and
the Climate and Biodiversity crises. It is hoped that this session will encourage lively discussion of
contemporary key debates within rural geography and innovative ways of approaching rural research.
An interactive group discussion will follow, focusing on the extent of transition and recovery within a
multifunctional rural framework, questioning who and what is encompassed within rural spaces of

Contributions from a diverse range of rural research areas and backgrounds are welcome, including:
empirical, methodological or theoretical, and from rural development, to culture, economy,
environment and policy.

When submitting an abstract, please list your name, institution and department, and whether your
submission is Live or Pre-Recorded as well as preferred email contact details.