Researching Rural Change and Globalization

Explore the global countryside and find out about how globalization is changing rural places around the world and how communities are responding - with stories and research from the ERC GLOBAL-RURAL project.

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Rural Festivals, Tourism and Culture

Expressions of Globalization

Festivals have been important cultural practices throughout history across the globe. In the last 20-30 years the number of festivals held has rapidly increased. Some see the ‘festivalization’ of culture as a characteristic, or response to wider globalization trends

Global, Mid Wales, Newtown, United Kingdom, Wales
Cultural Consumption, Global Challenges, Manufacturing, Poverty, Tourism and Culture

The birdcage craft industry of Da’ou village in globalising rural China

While the Chinese countryside has experienced issues of poverty, deprivation and depopulation, Da’ou village shows an increasing prosperous economy due to its historical birdcage industry that is flourishing in global times.

China, Da’ou Village, Shandong province
Civil Society and Social Movement, Counter Globalisation Movement, Global Geography of the Internet, Global Infrastructure and Communication, Rural Civil Society and Global Connectivity

Saving the Brimmon Oak through Translocal Social Action

The Brimmon Oak is an ancient Welsh oak tree, threatened with destruction by the building of a new bypass road. The successful social media-driven campaign to save the Brimmon Oak provides an example of translocal social action in practice.

Mid Wales, Newtown, Wales
Dairy, Economy and Trade, Globalisation of Food

How Milk Went Global

Milk is an unlikely global commodity. It will spoil within hours if not refrigerated or preserved. Yet, today dairy is a global industry with milk and dairy products transported and traded across the world. This is the story of how milk went global.

Australia, China, Europe, Global, Ireland, New Zealand, Tasmania, United Kingdom
Civil Society and Social Movement, Economy and Trade, Global Challenges, Global Infrastructure and Communication, Introduction, Land and Capital, Migration, Tourism and Culture

Narrating the Global Countryside

Five years on, 450 hours of 617 interviews and 8 participatory mapping interviews, 2 focus groups, 2 surveys of 1,235 respondents, GPS and GIS Mapping exercises of global continental coverage, the Global-Rural Project comes to an end. Here is a summary of the project’s findings in over 14 countries and 37 case study sites.

Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Global, Ireland, Italy, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Taiwan, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States, Wales

Being Global

Globalization describes different processes and changes in how the world works. It is often seen as the integration of businesses, markets, economies, culture, people and politics across the world.