Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society


Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization (DERREG)

Project Description

DERREG aimed to produce an interpretative model that will enable researchers and regional development actors to better anticipate and respond to the key challenges posed by globalization for rural regions. My research focused on three different work packages: International Mobility and Migration of the Rural Population; Environmental Capital and Sustainable Rural Development; Capacity Building, Governance and Knowledge Systems.

Project Details

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Maura Farrell


Dr. John McDonagh and Dr. Marie Mahon

External Partners:

Aberystwyth University, UK (AU); Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Germany (IFL); Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic (MENDELU); Institute NeVork, Slovenia; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (UL) and Wageningen University, The Netherlands (WU)



Grant Source:

European Union Socio-economic Science and Humanities

Grant Amount:


Project Outputs

Publications related to the project:

Farrell, M., Mahon, M, and McDonagh, J. The Rural as a Return Migration Destination. European Countryside 4.1 (2012): 31-44.

Farrell, M., and McDonagh, J. The Importance of Evaluation – The Case of the ‘The Options for Farm Families Programme’ in Ireland. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 18.2 (2012): 105-120.

McDonagh, J., Farrell, M. and Mahon M., ‘Perspectives and potential for forestry in Ireland’, in Use or Protect - Environmental Capital and Regional Development in the Rural Areas of Europe: Research findings and experiences from the EU project DERREG, ed. J. Burdack and M. Krisza. ifl FORUM 17: Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, 2012.

Jones, L., Woods, M., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. and McDonagh J. Developing European Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization – Case Study Contextual Report 8, West Region of Ireland, available at

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