A new collaboration between Forest Research and the universities of Reading, Surrey, Sussex and the University for the Creative Arts
News from Forest Research: July 2008
This new initiative aims to build the rural knowledge base in South East England by addressing critical issues in the field of rural sustainability. Specifically, the partnership’s role is to broker and bring together new communities and collaborations of key policy-makers, rural stakeholder groups and multi-disciplinary teams of researchers. The aim is to encourage the generation and use of new research evidence to inform rural policy-making.
‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ – the partnership’s official launch event, was held in London on 24 April. This provided a successful prelude to the partnership’s activities and promoted relationships between the region’s rural stakeholders. The keynote speaker at the event was Dr Stuart Burgess, the Government’s Rural Advocate. Other speakers included Valerie Carter, Rural Director for the South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) and SEEDA’s Chief Scientist and Head of Innovation, Dr Ed Metcalfe.
The partnership now has a part-time co-ordinator, Dr Anja Ueberjahn-Tritta, who is based at Forest Research’s offices at Alice Holt.
This autumn, the RRSP will organise a number of research workshops on some of the rural sectors’ ‘hot topics’ with the aim of engaging researchers and stakeholders and stimulating new research projects and collaborations.