Researching Rural Change and Globalization

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Forced Migration, Labour Migration, Linked Migration, Migration

Diversity in an Irish Small Town

In contrast to other Irish small towns, which experienced rapid immigration in the 2000s, Ballyhaunis has grown the last 40 years, with over 40 nationalities and 48% residents born outside Ireland. The residents are proud of their cosmopolitan town, and there is much that other communities can learn.

Ballyhaunis, Ireland
Economy and Trade, Wool

Woolly Networks – From Sheep to Shop

With the diversity of UK sheep industry, having approximately 45,000 registered wool producers, 22.9 million sheep producing about 68,000 tonnes of wool types yearly that goes through the BWB, it is impossible to trace the provenance of British wool back to the individual farm.

Wales
Economy and Trade, Sugar

The Making and Remaking of a Cane Countryside

Australia’s internal highly regulated quota, single desk sugar industry became unhelpful to the inconstancy of global changes and Nambour is an interesting example of how these restructuring sifted through the Australian system to make and remake a rural cane sugar town.

Australia, Queensland
Economy and Trade, Manufacturing

From Yosemite to Antarctica via Burundi

Rural areas have been integrated into multinational networks of trade; bringing benefits through access to international markets, but dependency on global firms has also made rural economies more vulnerable to distant economic events in this era of Globalization.

Wales
Economy and Trade, Sugar

Soft Drinks Stories: Tracing Fanta to Newtown, Wales

How exactly does globalisation work? How is it that we can buy a branded soft drink like Fanta in Newtown, Wales, just as easily as we can over the other side of the world ? A product, which is “worse than useless”, on account of it being the root of ………….

Global, Newtown, Wales