Questions related to Rural Sociology
Do you know any ethnographies of conditional cash transfers? I am especially interested in those that go beyond assessing impact on the basis of interviews and lay out how CCTs interrelate with other aspects of local lives. Studies of rural communities are especially welcome.
And for those interested in CCTs and rural communities in Latin America: please see a call for papers (attached).
– Do you know of any research concerning possible uses of drones for regional development?
I am looking for research conerning transport, health, culture, recreation, service.
In relation to regional development, political issues, case studies, explorative research...
Thanks in advance!
I need to find a scale to measure self-reported urban vs. rural classification of my respondents - being a psychological variable, rather than a spatial or a locational one. In other words, whether they perceive themselves being a part of urban or rural community.
This is simplified as my research will adopt basic urban/rural classification based on population: Rural areas = small towns with less than 50K inhabitants and urban areas = anything above.
If you have any specific academic pieces in mind, I would hugely appreciate them, because I`m struggling to find adequate measure.
Thank you in advance!
I am particularly interested in the rate of change of persons with SU in rural and urban areas when compared.
Myself and my colleague, Dr Rob Smith are currently engaged in work on Illegal forms of farm diversification.
We seek stories and examples from colleagues who may have encountered such activities in their work. We have just published a paper on this theme (attached).
Any ideas for collaboration?
Many factors contribute to behavioural intention towards using mobile banking service in rural areas . The variables are mostly based on the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) Model . But are there other any models/ theories related to innovation or motivation or social cognitive aspects to support research in this area?
I am preparing a course in Territorial Rural Development for the University of Pretoria. I have never been in South Africa, so for me this is a huge challenge. So I would like to get in touch with academics and public officers working in rural territorial (sub-national) contexts. I would appreciate any suggestions and would like to get in touch personally when visiting the country in February-April 2016. Thanks.
Luis Llambí, PhD in Rural Sociology, profesor and researcher, retired from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Department of Social Anthropology, Chair of the Research Group on Rural Territorial Development
My research is focused on the public space in the intravilan of the countryside. Its topic is the phenomenon of rurality, the rural character as a value associated with the form of environment of rural settlements.
The objective is to find, evaluate and describe the basic attributes and relations in space which co-create rurality, and to do it in such a way so that these findings could eventually be used in practice - e. g. in the intravilan's public space design in order to strengthen the rural features of the environment.
In their website on palm oil, Solidaridad provides the following estimate: smallholders are responsible for 40% of total palm oil production. I would like to know how accurate might be that figure. I am interested in estimates at local, regional and global level.
What are the basic techniques used to convenience the marginal people to adopt a cost involving technology which will enhance their agriculture production and livelihoods ?. I need information on the marketing or outreach strategies for the implementation of mobile or tablet based technology in rural areas,
Case studies on different Mobile and Tab based technologies for agriculture and rural development, its implementation techniques can also be shared.
I'm looking for data on people moving in and out of Miyagi prefecture,and Ishinomaki City in particular, before and after the Tohoku disaster of March 2011. I want to find out who is migrating into Miyagi and Ishinomaki, and why. Where to find raw numbers would be good, plus any published research on the issue would be very helpful, thanks.
There are many different arrangements for delivery of agricultural extension services currently in place in different countries (i.e., public, private, contract, pluralistic extension system ). At first, please share how you evaluate the effectiveness of the system in the 21st century, generally speaking. I am curious to know also how do you see the trend towards the governance of the system. Is it towards private type delivery and funding systems? How do you see the future of the system in your country?
In our study, we are developing a combined heat and power system with microgrid interfacing. It will be interesting to learn from researchers in Africa, India, China, Brazil, Mexico, etc. how off-grid microgrid technology are commercialised to the benefit of the community it serves.
I am looking at the opposite side of the norm of an aging rural population in particularly oil towns (Ft. MacMurray was one) where young people move to rural areas for work. I am wondering if there is a difference in how they are used to accessing health care in their "home" community (usually urban) and if this creates any access barriers when they move to a smaller centre.
Virtually all publications claiming that rural clinical schools CAUSE medical students to choose a rural career are written by and also usually refereed by employees of rural clinical schools. This conflict of interest is rarely if ever acknowledged. There is a lot of literature questioning the evidence for the claim of causality, yet papers continue to be published that rely purely on association, lacking the methodological rigour necessary for causal inference.
What needs to be proven is that the RCS causes an increase in rural career uptake. It seems far more likely that students who CHOOSE a long attachment with an RCS rather than join the Hurley Burley of self promotion in the major teaching hospitals, have already decided on a rural career. They use the RCS to test, reinforce and educate this choice. I have not found a paper that has shown that there is a significant additional causal effect of the RCS on rural career choice.
Can anyone point me to the papers...
I am interested in the impact that rituals have on the cohesion of fishery-dependent communities and their sustainable development. I am looking into communities that have religious backgrounds related to the sea (Japan) and communities that have "lost" their spiritual connection to the sea (Greece). How important do you think those rituals are? Which rituals should be taken into consideration? Is it possible that the fact that EU policies demand the destruction of fishing boats (handcrafted pieces of art) has affected the relationship of Greek fishermen with the sea?
Conducting preliminary research on North-South (NGO) partnership with a focus on environmental conflict, (desertification, GMO, land deprivation)
As extension has become privatized it increasingly has involved a cost to farmers. This means that information that a farmer once gained free of charge is now obtained by paying for it. My thoughts are that farmers will be increasingly likely to become information withholders, and that this will have an impact on the adoption of innovations. This will be especially important when the effective provision of information about the innovation is a necessary precursor to adoption.
I’m also thinking that information withholding will be more likely in individualistic societies such as Australia and the US and less likely in collectivist countries such as Indonesia.
I’m also wondering if information withholding is associated with more intensive agriculture and whether information sharing is more likely in extensive agriculture.
Looking for studies that link economic development with the accessability of remote communities. In particular, I'm interested in very small island communities, but similar concepts might apply to other remote areas.
Preferably in the field of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
Semi-subsistance = the production of food on own land for own comsumption