Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization

Focus: developing an interpretative model for better anticipating and responding to challenges for regional development in an evolving internationalisation.

Globalization is one of the key challenges facing rural regions in Europe, bringing significant social, economic, cultural and political changes. Current studies on the impact of globalization on rural regions tend to focus on specific sectors or processes or localities. The absence of an overarching integrative analysis has resulted in the inability of regional development strategies to cope with these challenges.

The objective of the DERREG research Project was to produce an interpretative model that will enable regional development actors to better anticipate and respond to the key challenges for disadvantaged regions arising from globalization. In doing so, it expanded scientific knowledge and understanding, inform policy development, and identify examples of best practice.

The project was innovative in adopting an integrative approach that synthesises research across four key themes and ten case study regions in different types of rural regions to produce an overarching analysis of the impact of globalization on rural Europe. The research involved both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. It developed new methods in areas such as business network analysis. A further innovation was the linking of the scientific analysis with practical application through the development of an interpretative model.

Key themes (Work Packages; WP):

  • WP 1: Global engagement and local embeddedness of rural businesses
  • WP 2: International mobility and migration of rural population
  • WP 3: Environmental capital and sustainable rural development (Work package leader: Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography)
  • WP 4: Capacity building, governance and knowledge systems


Workshops took place in the case study regions to present the aims of the project in this regions. Furthermore they collected statistical data to describe the project regions and media analysis and documentary research carried out.

Project information

Project team

Joachim Burdack, Michael Kriszan, Robert Nadler


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Duration of project


Funded by

European Union (7th Framework Programme)

Further information

Joachim Burdack
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-111


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