Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas

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SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas) is a four-year project (2016-2020) funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme which aims to advance understanding of the reconfiguration of social practices, in agriculture, forestry and rural development, that seek to enhance outcomes on societal well-being in marginalised rural areas (mountain areas, islands, arid areas). SIMRA involves 26 organisations across Europe and the Mediterranean.

The CMS is leading the work package in charge of the holistic analysis and categorisation of existing examples of social innovations. Among other tasks, Martin has worked on the categorisation of MRAs in Europe and around the Mediterranean, and Ros and Diana have been identifying and categorising social innovations in these areas. After identifying and analysing hundreds of examples, they have created an online catalogue that already includes more than 50 examples of social innovation in the fields of agriculture, forestry, and rural development. These demonstrate how the reconfiguration of social practices may contribute to the wellbeing of rural communities.

SIMRA deliverables, reports, and publications led/co-led by CMS:


For more information please visit the SIMRA website.