Deconstructing the New Zealand Dairy Boom
New Zealand has become a global dairy superpower. How has this small country achieved this feat? And what have been the impacts for the communities, economy and environment of rural New Zealand?
From Yosemite to Antarctica via Burundi: Manufacturing Connections from a Small Rural Town
We consider the role of industry and manufacturing in the development of Newtown and highlight how businesses from the town are finding novel ways to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.
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.
Neo-colonialism, land grabbing and rubber plantations in Liberia
How did Africa’s oldest independent republic become entrenched in a neo-colonial tussle for world dominance in the production of rubber?
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.
Assembling Rural Festivals
What does it take to run a festival in rural Wales? What local-global relations are involved? Festivals bring an exciting array of cultural influences to the countryside and help to revitalize rural towns, but all of this does not happen magically...
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.
Invasive Species, Global Trade and Biosecurity: The case of Xylella
Numbers of alien species are rapidly increasing worldwide as a result of increased global trade. This storymap focuses on Xylella fastidiosa, which has devastated Olive trees in Southern Italy and is threatening plant health across Europe.
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.