Major event for rural areas
Prof Jeremy Phillipson, director of NICRE, said: “We are delighted to be supporting and contributing to this year’s National Rural Conference which is a major event for those with an interest in rural areas.
“One of our aims is to provide evidence to inform better policy. Our research shows that Levelling Up should include the nation’s rural economies and their contribution to the prosperity of communities.
“While we acknowledge that they are an element of the challenge, rural economies can also be part of the solution for revitalising rural and non-rural areas.
“With such a strong focus politically on Levelling Up, it is a key time for these discussions to bring greater recognition for the potential of rural economies in this debate.”
Speakers at NICRE’s rural economy session include Prof Phillipson, co-director Prof Janet Dwyer and rural economies consultant Roger Turner as well as contributions from Community Action Northumberland, the Plunkett Foundation and Torridge District Council.