Policy engagement and critical rural geographies


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dc.contributor.author Woods, Michael
dc.contributor.author Gardner, Graham
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-11T09:24:53Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-11T09:24:53Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Woods , M & Gardner , G 2008 , ' Policy engagement and critical rural geographies ' . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 151870
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/5768
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/5768
dc.identifier.uri http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm en
dc.description Gardner, G., Woods, M. 2008. Policy engagement and critical rural geographies. Annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. en
dc.description.abstract This paper discusses the relationship between engagement with rural policy-makers and the development and maintenance of critical rural geographies. Recent debates on geography and public policy suggest that rural geographers seeking to engage with public policy face a stark choice between critical activism outside formal policy-making arenas or uncritical incorporation by the state. We argue, in contrast, that the unsettled hinterland of policy research permits rural geographers to steer a middle route that can produce both policy and academic outcomes whilst maintaining critical integrity, but that this route requires the careful negotiation of complex political relations and ethical issues. The paper draws on our experience of undertaking contract research for the Welsh Assembly Government and Defra on parish, town and community councils. We emphasise the importance of negotiation and compromise between academic researchers, clients and stakeholders, the mediating role played by the ‘evidence base’, and the opportunities and pitfalls represented by the internal differentiation of the state. The paper concludes by outlining a tentative model of critical policy engagement for rural geography. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title Policy engagement and critical rural geographies en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Conference contribution en
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution New Political Geographies en
dc.description.status Non peer reviewed en

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