Rural Matters - Meanings of the Rural in Portugal: Between social representations, consumptions and development strategies

The aim of this project is to identify and understand, from a theoretical and methodological multidisciplinary approach, the
articulations between the social and institutional representations about the rural and its demands and consumptions, expecting to
contribute to the design and implementation of informed and more effective development strategies. Based on empirical evidence to
be collected from a representative sample of the Portuguese population, from different documents and sources and from the policies and measures developed throughout the last 25 years, the project aims to connect the analysis of the different social images and representations about the rural with the assessment of its diverse demands and consumptions, as well as with the analysis of the development strategies implemented in rural areas. Specifically the project aims to assess the central aspects in the formation and content of those representations, relating them to the main motivations, perceptions and configurations of the demands and consumptions as well as to the analysis of the development strategies implemented in rural areas.

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Project Funding
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
External Partners
CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
Universidade de Aveiro
Centro de Estudos de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território
Centro de Estudos Transdisciplinares para o Desenvolvimento
Instituto Superior de Agronomia
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