RurAction. Handbook for Practitioners


The RurAction Network: Handbook for Practitioners.


The stated aim of this publication is to:

to help practitioners – both on the basis of our own empirical research and a literature review – to reflect with greater awareness on rural conditions with their specific challenges; potentials; dynamics; organisational forms and the hybridity of social enterprises; and their ways of doing things’


It is not a toolkit but a series of accessible chapters that cover:

  • The challenges and dynamics of structurally weak rural regions
  • How social entrepreneurial actors tackle problems in structurally weak rural regions
  • The emergence, spread, and impact of social innovations in rural regions

Each chapter draws on the academic literature, theoretical models as well as case study material from rural social enterprises. While each region of Europe faces its own unique social and economic conditions it finds patterns in the role and operation of social innovation as it addresses rural challenges.

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RurAction is an “Innovative Training Network” financed through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (2016 – 2020). Coordinated by the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner (Germany) it involves researchers and social enterprises from Germany, Poland, Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Austria and Denmark.