Horizon 2020 – PoliRural

“Future Oriented Collaborative Policy Development for Rural Areas and People”

Rural areas are under pressure. Despite being home to more than a quarter of Europe’s population and providing more than one fifth of all EU jobs, the old-fashioned image of the rural idyll is seemingly no longer valid. Over the past twenty-five years, rural regions have experienced a rapidly shrinking population as people, especially young adults, have migrated to cities with the lure of better paid jobs, modern affordable homes and more exciting lifestyles.

PoliRural is a research and innovation project designed to advance rural policy development in the age of disruptive data and technologies in order to deliver a trusted, scalable and transferable solution for policy co-creation. It brings together decision makers, experts and rural inhabitants using advanced policy simulation tools to better understand and tackle regional challenges, ultimately making rural areas and professions more attractive and liveable for established populations and recent or potential newcomers.

Smart & Lean’s role in PoliRural project is to contribute to the Häme-pilot.

Project timeframe: June, 2019 – May, 2022

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 818496

Usefull links

Rural Systemic Transformation

PoliRural aims to model rural attractiveness system e.g. responses, factors, loops and weights. See below one well known situation of Häme (FI) based on the data from the years 2009-2019. What kind of policy measures are needed to change the trend? Sources: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00220388.2020.1808199https://www.wur.nl/en/show/Rural-transformation-through-food-system-development.htmhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221191242030095Xhttps://www.ifad.org/en/web/operations/project/id/2000002242https://www.devex.com/news/how-to-put-farmers-in-control-of-food-systems-transformation-96285

On Black Soldier Fly larvae and rural entrepreneurship

Based on Google Scholar database the number of published papers that include the term “Black Soldier Fly larvae” has increased since 2015. A new record will be made by the end of 2020, as 449 papers are already published in the first 8 months (Figure 1).  What is Black Soldier Fly larvae and what is […]

Science Cafe for Insect Economy

A distinguished group of scientists and business innovators will gather together in Lahti on 24.9.2020 to discuss and share findings and experiences about Insect Economy in theory and in practice. The main topics for our discussion are: Insect and larvae based protein production Larvae propelled bioconversion Cross-sector interconnection in the bio-based economy Entrepreneurship in rural […]