About Us


doner Fatma Nil DÖNER (Convenor)

PhD. Bogazici University, Turkey, fndoner@gmail.com

Received her PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in 2014 where she completed her dissertation titled “Disappearing Onion Producers in Karacabey: A Microanalysis of Farmers and Land after Structural Reform”. She also studied at Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) as a visiting research fellow in 2011.

Her research interests include the effects of structural adjustment policies on farmers and rural dwellers, changing rural livelihood strategies, financial constraints and land sales in the countryside of Turkey. She plans to perform her postdoctoral research on rural transformation and continue academic studies in Turkey and abroad.

camarero Luis CAMARERO

PhD. National University of Distance Education (UNED), Spain, lcamarero@poli.uned.es

Professor at the Department of Theory, Methodology and Social Change in the National Distance Education University (Madrid-Spain). His research work is focused in the analysis of socioeconomic trends and living conditions in rural areas in Spain and Europe. He has participated in several research projects related to gender inequalities, demographic issues and labour markets. Nowadays his research activity is interested on the role that spatial mobilities play in the transformation of social structure and demographic composition of rural areas.  Detailed CV

renato Renato Miguel do CARMO

PhD. University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-IUL), Portugal,  renato.miguel.carmo@gmail.com

I am a Portuguese sociologist working at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-IUL). From the moment of graduation onwards my scientific path was orientated to the subject of social and spatial inequalities. Issues such as social exclusion, territorial marginalization, spatial mobilities and social capital have been at the core of my individual and collective research projects. Personal website 

ale.jpg Alessandra CORRADO

PhD. University of Calabria (UNICAL), Italy, a.corrado@unical.it

Senior Lecturer of Rural Sociology and Co-Development and Migrations at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Calabria since 2007. Coordinator of the MA Programme in Sciences for Cooperation and Development. Member of the Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS).Her research activity revolves around rural development, international migrations, and agri-food systems. Recently she has turned her interested in the study of (migrant) labour in the agri-food system, of foreign immigration in rural areas, and of the movements for food sovereignty and peasant agriculture. She co-edited the volume Migration and Agriculture. Mobility and change in the Mediterranean area (Routledge, 2016).

foto CE Carlotta EBBREO

Phd aspirant at University of Calabria, Italy carlotta.ebbreo@unical.it


She received a Master Degree in Development Studies (University Of Lovain, Belgium) and she further specialized in Agroecology attending academic (International University of Andalusia) and non academic trainings. She has worked as development consultant and researcher for local development organizations in different regions within southern Italy. As well, she is an active member of several Alternative Food Networks and organizations concerning peasant agriculture and rights. Her doctoral thesis is about the contemporary reconfiguration of the rural subjectivity and its relation with land governance. Her research interests concern agro-food system, political ecology, resources access&governance, local development, alternative food networks and epistemology of research.

Ef4 Elisabete FIGUEIREDO

PhD. Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences, University of Aveiro, Portugal, elisa@ua.pt

Sociologist. Assistant Professor at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences, University of Aveiro, Portugal. She is a full researcher at GOVCOPP (Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (University of Aveiro) and associated researcher at CETRAD – Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies for Development (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro). Her research interests are related to rural sociology and rural studies, specifically rural development, social representations of the rural, rural tourism, as well as environmental sociology.

She has been involved in several research projects funded by EU and FCT. Currently she coordinates the project ‘Rural Matters – Meanings of the Rural in Portugal: between social representations, consumptions and development strategies‘. She was the President of the Portuguese Society for Rural Studies (SPER) from 2012 to 2017 and the co-coordinator of the Environment&Society Group of the Portuguese Sociological Association (APS). She is a member of the Executive Committee of European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS). Recently she co-edited 3 books: ‘Shaping Rural Areas in Europe – Perceptions and Outcomes on the Present and the Future’, (London, Springer, 2013), with Luís Silva; ‘Fertile Links? Connections between tourism activities, socioeconomic contexts and local development in European rural areas’ (Florence, Florence University Press, 2013) with Antonio Raschi and ‘Reinventar o Turismo Rural em Portugal’ (UA Editions, 2014), with Elisabeth Kastenholz, Celeste Eusébio, Mª João Carneiro and Joana Lima. She is author and co-author of more than 150 publications in journals, books and conference proceedings at national and international levels. Detailed CV

1896709697_GR-12_Manuel%20Tom%e1s%20Gonz%e1lez%20Fern%e1ndez Manuel T. GONZÁLEZ FERNÁNDEZ 

PhD. Pablo de Olavide University, Spain, mtgonfer@upo.es

Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Pablo de Olavide University of Sevilla since 2006. Previously, he occupied the same position at the Vigo University. For the last three years, coordinates a Master program on Sociopolitical Studies.

His research interests are mainly related to rural sociology, specifically rural development, gender, youth, identities, mobility and environment issues. He has participated in several national and european funded research projects about this topics.

Babis Charalambos KASIMIS

PhD. Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. kasimis@aua.gr

Professor of Rural Sociology at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens and Director of the Postgraduate Studies MSc. Programme “Integrated Rural Development and Management of Rural Space” (2010-2014). He has served as a member of staff at the Department of Economics of the University of Patras (1986-2003) and as the Director of the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology at the National Centre for Social Research of Greece (1995-2000).

His research interests focus on issues of rural transformation and development in Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean region and more particularly on family farming, employment and rural change. Migration and, more precisely, the implications of international immigration on rural regions have become one of his main research topics in the past years. Recently, he has turned his interest in the study of the implications of the economic crisis upon the rural areas and the ‘return to the land’ movement in Greece.

jesus Jesús OLIVA

PhD. Public University of Navarre, Spain, jesus.oliva@unavarra.es

Sociologist (Complutense University of Madrid, 1985) and master degree in Urbanism and Regional Planning (Spanish Institute of Public Administration, 1987), PhD on Sociology and Political Sciences (Department of Human Ecology and Population, Complutense University, 1993) and tenured lecturer of Sociology at the Public University of Navarra. Member of the Charles Babbage Research Group on Labour Sciencies at Complutense University and the Urban Sociology and Rural Sociology comittees of the Spanish Federation of Sociology.

Currently I am conducting a research project of the Spanish National Plan for Researh & Development about Mobilities, social diversity and rural sustainability . Detailed CV 

AGPapadopoulos_Photo Apostolos PAPADOPOULOS

PhD. Harokopio University, Greece, apospapa@hua.gr

Professor of Rural Sociology and Geography in the Department of Geography at Harokopio University of Athens (Greece). He is trained sociologist (Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences at Athens and London School of Economics and Political Science) and he has received his PhD in geography from the University of Sussex. He has a long research experience in social transformation, rural stratification, rural restructuring and employment, rural development, local food, international migrant integration and migration studies.

He has worked as senior researcher and/or project leader in more than 25 research programmes financed by the European Commission and the Greek State and he has published a large number of peer-reviewed papers in international and in Greek academic journals, collected volumes and proceedings. He has coedited and/or coauthored six books in Greek and two books in English. He has received a research and writing grant from the MacArthur Foundation (USA) for a study entitled: “The Multifunctional Role of Migrants in Rural Greece and Rural Southern Europe” (2004-2006). Currently, he is Vice-President of the Hellenic Sociological Society (HSS), while he is also member of the Scientific Committee for the XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress to be organized in Aberdeen in 2015.

Teresa4 Teresa PINTO CORREIA

PhD. University of Évora, Portugal, mtpc@uevora.pt 

Associate Professor at the University ofÉvora, Portugal. She is since 2012 Head of the Institute of Mediterranean Agrarian and Environmental Sciences (ICAAM), and she teaches in the Department of Landscape Environment and Planning. Also since 2012, she is the President ofIALE-Europe.

Her research is on the dynamics of agricultural landscapes in the Mediterranean, and how they are affected by different sets of drivers, between production, consumption and protection, creating tensions but also synergies.  She develops research on the landscape level provisioning of multiple services, both in small-scale landscapes and in landscapes resulting from High Nature Value farming systems. She has worked lately with thedecision making process at different scales, for the management of these landscapes.

Raschi-150x150 Antonio RASCHI

PhD. IBIMET – National Research Council, Italy, a.raschi@ibimet.cnr.it

Born in Firenze, Italy in 1955. Agronomist. Between 1982-2009: researcher at CNR (ConsiglioNazionaledelleRicerche). Between 1997-2003: lecturer,Università del Molise. Between 1993-2000: lecturer in postgraduate courses at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Firenze. From 2005 to 2010: coordinator of the CNR activities on “Rural development and Territory”. From 2009 to present: Director atCNR-IBIMET (Institute ofBiometeorology).

Since graduation, his main scientific interests have been related to: Plant science; Global change and its impacts on agriculture and forestry; Rural development; Science dissemination. He has been involved in several projects funded by EU,  Italian Government and by Tuscany Regional Administration about the development of rural areas through the introduction of new techniques and  the reintroduction of traditional crops, as well as on rural tourism.

?????????? Maria Jesús RIVERA 

PhD. University of the Basque Country, Spain, mjesus.rivera@ehu.es

I have my first degree on Political Sciences and Sociology (University of Granada, Spain, 1996) and hold a PhD in Sociology (Public University of Navarra, Spain, 2004).  My doctoral thesis analysed the different life-projects underlying the current process of counterurbanisation in Navarre, a region in northern Spain. After completing my PhD, I was granted two postdoctoral scholarships. The first that I undertook was in the Geography Department of Swansea University, and the second in the Socio-Economy, Environment and Development Unit at the University of Liège in Belgium. During these fellowships I studied the different dynamics of development conveyed by different patterns of neo-ruralities and their implications for the future of countryside and countrified lifestyles.

Currently, I lead a national four-year project that looks at the way different scenarios of rural development attract different profiles of new dwellers, how they interact with the new localities and how they achieve to take part in the governance processes. My research interests revolve around urban-rural relationships, the transformations of rural spaces in globalised society and the meanings of nature in contemporary society. I am particularly interested on issues such as pro-rural migration; belonging and rural place; governance of the rural; human-environment relationship; rural sustainability; and the emergence of new social inequalities in rural areas. I had worked at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (2008-2011) and at the Public University of Navarra (2010-2012). At present, I am a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She is currently the Vice-President of the European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS).

Agosto_2014 (2) Isabel RODRIGO

PhD.  University of Lisbon, Portugal, isarodrigo@isa.ulisboa.pt

Associated Professor with Habilitation in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the Department of Sciences and Bio-systems Engineering at theInstituto Superior deAgronomia/University of Lisbon. Her research interests deals with rural development dynamics and policies, forestry and environmental policies, changes onagro-forestry farming systems and assessment methodologies of decision-making, in particular farmers’ decision-making, short food supply chains and processes, and traditional qualityagro-food products.

She has worked as researcher and/or project leader in 16 research programmes financed by the European Commission and Portugal and she has published several papers in academic journals, collected volumes and proceedings.

Foto-Rosario Sampedro Rosario SAMPEDRO 

PhD. University of Valladolid, Spain, sampedro@soc.uva.es

Associated Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Work of the University of Valladolid since 2003. Her research interests deal with rural sociology, gender studies and, in the last years, different dimensions of mobility as a building key factor of rural societies.

In the last two decades she has participated in several funded research projects focusing on the social and labour situation of women in Spanish rural areas. She has also been actively involved in many training programs for rural development officials from Spain and Latin America carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture.  Her current research topic is the presence offoreign born immigrants in rural areas and the impact of economic crisis on these new dwellers, as a way for better understanding the different scenarios for social sustainability and rural development. Detailed CV.


PhD. Department of Sociology, Public University of Navarre, Spain   elvira.sanz@unavarra.es

Sociologist. Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the Public University of Navarra. Her main research areas are rural sociology and sociology of health. On the one hand, her research interests are rural development, rural sustainability, mobilities and social diversity. On the other hand, her research has been directed towards Health in all policies, Health Impact Assessment, health policies and rural health. Her research focus is to understand and analyze the impact of the crisis in rural societies and on social inequalities in health. Currently, she is involved in different research projects at national level regarding the counterurbanization, mobilities and rural sustainability. Detailed Cv

veraldi Roberto VERALDI

PhD. University of Gabriele de’Annunzio, Italy, rveraldi@unich.it

Born on October 18, 1965 in Catanzaro is resident in Teramo (TE), Via Michele Cesi 1. He has taught Social Planning at the University of Teramo, and now teachs Sociology of Economic Development (SPS/07), Sociology of economic processes and work (SPS/09), Sociology of the environment and territory (SPS/10) that are fundamental for degree courses of the Faculty of Managerial Sciences. He was, also, co-responsible, with Prof. Emanuele Arielli, inthe academic year 2007/2008 for the Relational Skills Laboratory, at the Faculty of Managerial Sciences of the University G. d’Annunzio di Chieti-Pescara. 

His scientific interests cover the following topics: sociological thought, local development, social planning, participatory planning of urban marginality, always with attention to the social consequences of the phenomena analyzed. He has done extensive seminar activity and participated in numerous national conferences. Further he was involved in management and coordination of research and teaching. 

In 2008, Prof. Veraldi was responsible for teaching Sociology and Sociology of cultural processes and migration at the Palermo LUMSA University; In 2010, was responsible for teaching Business Communication (SPS/08) and Globalisation and local development (SPS/07), at Rome LUMSA University. 

He has recently (2012)been appointed Director of the University Center for Research La.SIT(Laboratory of Applied Sociology at the Enterprise and Territory, Department of Business Studies, Faculty of Managerial Science – Ud’A -). He left the job recently.

Since 2008 he is Professor at the School of Administration of the Ministry of the Interior, for the course of Sociology. 

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