Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Consortium of Future Rural Studies

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The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Consortium of Future Rural Studies (CFRS) is a platform for ECRs to foster interdisciplinary and cross-boundary research collaboration in sustainable food, agricultural innovation and rural development.

The overall aim of the CFRS is to develop a global-local knowledge system for ECRs working with multiple stakeholders to address global challenges in poverty alleviation, food security and rural sustainability in the global south.

In particular, it aims to:

  • foster the exchange in challenge-oriented research and the sharing of good practices
  • promote systematic thinking and methodological innovation for better understanding of the complexity, resources and innovative opportunity at grassroots communities
  • facilitate communication and collaboration between ECRs and stakeholders across sector and national boundaries for funding applications, high quality publications and social impact in poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihoods, entrepreneurship and community development.

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The aims of the project are addressed through institutional partnerships, mentoring schedules, workshops, roundtable meetings, and other suitable channels. Three research strands are available for ECRs to participate in:

  • Sustainable food and alternative livelihoods
  • Innovation base for industrial revitalisation
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship

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The CFRS is hosted at Nottingham University Business School and led by Dr. Bin Wu, Senior Research Fellow of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI) at the University of Nottingham. 



Founding Institutes of the Consortium of Future Rural Studies:

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      James Hutton Institute logo
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Nottingham University Business School

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Email: ingenuitylab@nottingham.ac.uk