Funded projects follow Open Call
NICRE has awarded £100,000 funding to universities across England to undertake the research following an Open Call towards the end of last year.
NICRE director Jeremy Phillipson, Professor of Rural Development at the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University, said: “The rural economy is in a state of flux as it grapples changes in working practices accelerated by the pandemic and the stark challenges of the cost-of-doing-business crisis.
“Coupled with the drive to net zero and against the backdrop of the agricultural transition, these projects will shed important light on how these contemporary issues are affecting rural enterprise, giving valuable insights that will help inform future policymaking and support for rural businesses.
“We are delighted with the calibre of diverse projects from a range of universities, enabling us to extend our portfolio and grow our research network.”
The new research projects will be led by the Universities of Durham, Keele, Derby, Bournemouth, Lincoln and Newcastle.