H2020 – 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population and providing more than one fifth of all EU jobs, the old-fashioned image of the rural idyll is seemingly no longer valid.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

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Horizon2020 projects’ knowledge transfer session on 26.4.2021 among Finnish partners. We had an opportunity to hear achievements and plans through four H2020 project presentations. All projects are putting efforts into a novel rural future. PoliRural SHERPA RURALIZATION DESIRA