ARTICLE | The influence of EU policies in national rural digitalisation

The diversity of rural areas in Europe calls for a contextualised analysis to understand how the EU policies have influenced rural digitalisation in the different member states. In this regard, DESIRA partners from 15 countries have revised their national policies focusing on the digitalisation elements in rural development policies and the digital policies affecting rural areas.

2022-04-25T13:29:37+02:00April 21st, 2022|

ARTICLE | Policy options for an enhanced digital future

A recent report completed by FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland) and all Living Lab (LL) coordinators, summarises possible digital futures in various contexts across the EU as well as stakeholders’ views on these potential developments. The work suggests a range of corresponding policy options to either mitigate negative impacts associated with digitalisation or to support an enhanced digital trend associated with positive impacts. 

2022-04-05T11:28:18+02:00April 4th, 2022|

ARTICLE | Towards an inclusive digitalisation of rural areas

The Spanish cooperative bank Cajamar publishes ‘Mediterráneo Económico’ biannually, a monograph study where different experts are invited to share their views about a given topic. The last publication was presented on 24th March 2022 by the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, and introduces the future challenges and opportunities of the Spanish rural areas. 

2022-03-28T11:32:35+02:00March 28th, 2022|

NEWS | Article published: Drivers, barriers and impacts of digitalisation in rural areas from the viewpoint of experts

Agricultural, forestry, and rural areas are undergoing a process of digital transformation. Digitalisation can have positive impacts on sustainability in terms of greater environmental control, and community prosperity. At the same time, it can also have disruptive effects, with the marginalisation of actors that cannot cope with the [...]

2022-02-01T11:00:42+01:00January 31st, 2022|

ARTICLE | The importance of policies for rural digitalisation

On 26 January 2022, as part of the General Assembly, DESIRA organised a round table on 'The importance of policies for the digitalisation of Rural Areas'. The policy session was moderated by Enrique Nieto, Head of the Policy Unit at AEIDL, and structured around two main sessions: the first one focused on policies for rural digitalisation, while the second one discussed the role of Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) and data economy in the digital transformation.

2022-04-28T14:27:14+02:00January 27th, 2022|

ARTICLE | Rural Digitalisation Forum meets to launch the DESIRA EU-level foresight

The EU Rural Digitalisation Forum (RDF), set-up by the DESIRA (Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts in Rural Areas) project, held the first part of the second meeting online on 7 December 2021.

2022-04-28T17:49:57+02:00January 5th, 2022|

ARTICLE | Ireland’s Our Rural Future – a rural digitisation gold standard?

Broadband for all, even in the most remote regions; smart, revitalised villages and towns with hundreds of remote working hubs; a rural youth assembly, significant numbers of public and private workers for rural areas; Local Digital Strategies in administrative regions; and all done in a well-planned way to optimize synergies and transition towards carbon neutrality -  it sound like a DESIRA dream for a national countryside plan. 

2021-09-29T10:14:22+02:00September 29th, 2021|

ARTICLE | How can we boost sustainable digitalisation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas?

On 30 June 2021, DESIRA organised a webinar on ‘Boosting sustainable digitalisation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas by 2040’ under the scope of the Rural Digitalisation Forum (RDF).

2021-09-27T18:23:18+02:00September 27th, 2021|

ARTICLE | Digitalisation of rural areas? Yes, but not at any cost

Author: Maria del Mar Delgado, University of Córdoba (Spain) Spain is making a strong commitment to digital transformation. It is one of the fundamental levers for relaunching economic growth, reducing inequalities, increasing productivity and taking advantage of the opportunities arising from new technologies. Moreover, it is considered a [...]

2021-09-27T13:16:44+02:00July 2nd, 2021|

NEWS | A Socio-Cyber-Physical System framework in digital transformation of agriculture and rural areas

The DESIRA research team has produced the open access article 'Digital transformation of agriculture and rural areas: a Socio-Cyber-Physical System framework to support responsibilisation'. The article has been published in the Journal of Rural Studies on 21 May 2021. Digital technologies are often seen as an opportunity to [...]

2021-05-25T11:17:02+02:00May 25th, 2021|