The objectives of the Association are to: foster the development of rural sociology; further the application of sociological inquiry to the improvement of the quality of rural life; and provide a mechanism whereby rural sociologists can generate dialogue and useful exchange.

ESA RN38 Mid-term conference: Sustainability, Places and Social Justice: Enabling Well-being in Rural Areas across Europe

The research network “Space, Society and Rurality” invites to its mid-term conference on 15 and 16 February 2024, at the Public University of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain. Paper contributions are welcomed, with abstract submission deadline 15th December 2023. Look at the conference website for more information.

New issue of ReLaER

Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Rurales (ReLaER) is an academic journal published biannually since 2016 by the Latin American Association of Rural Sociology (ALASRU) in co-edition with the Center for Labor Studies and Research of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CEIL-CONICET). Its purpose is to disseminate knowledge related to rural problems in Latin America; receives original articles in Spanish and Portuguese that predominantly address issues in the field of rural sociology related to social, economic, environmental, and political dimensions of agriculture and the rural milieu of the continent.

Link to ReLaER Vol 8 Núm 15, June 2023.

Call for Papers: Australasian Agri-Food Research Network Conference 2023

The Agri-Food Research Network invites researchers to submit their papers for consideration for the AGRN conference of 2023. The conference is hosted by the University of Tasmania and is scheduled for December 4-7 2023. The deadline for session proposals and abstracts is June 1st 2023. Please see for further details.

Members of the IRSA board: Rudi Messner

Rudi Messner is a post-doctoral researcher at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. After more than 25 years in the consumer goods industry, mostly in China, he received his PhD from the QUT Business School in 2021 with a thesis on the paradoxical economy of food waste in Australian horticultural supply chains. He is now working at the QUT School of Management and the Agrifood Systems Programme of the QUT Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy. Rudi’s research interests include agrifood system impacts and the governance of food system sustainability transitions. He is currently involved in research projects on sustainable grazing and the wellbeing of beef producers and an industry project to map food waste in Australian red meat supply chains. Rudi has recently commenced a new role as a post-doc on a three-year Australian Government Research Council grant titled “On-farm food shocks: Transitions to future food security”.

The XVI World Congress of Rural Sociology

The International Rural Sociology Association is pleased to announce that the XVI World Congress of Rural Sociology will be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in July 2026. The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul be hosting the event in collaboration with the Asociación Latinoamericana de Socioloogía Rural (ALASRU). More details will be announced later.

IRSA President: Sally Shortall

Professor Sally Shortall is the Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy in Newcastle, UK, and holds an appointment in the South East Technology University, Ireland. She is interested in women’s role in agriculture, farm families, ecological transitions and farm safety. She is an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry for services to agriculture. Sally has twice served as the President of the European Society for Rural Sociology, and previously as First Deputy Vice-President of the International Rural Sociology Association. Current research includes leading a Horizon Europe project examining the role of rural and farm women in leading ecological transitions across Europe. Professor Shortall is an Irish citizen.

Members of the IRSA board: Hugh Campbell

Professor Hugh Campbell is the Chair of Sociology at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He is also a Visiting Professor at Ruralis, Trondheim, Norway, and Visiting Scholar at Kyoto University. He is interested in alternatives to mainstream farming practices, agri-food governance, de-colonial scholarship, agrarian extremism and gender dynamics in rural areas. From 2000-2010 he was full time Director of the Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Otago, and took a leading role in a number of research projects into the dynamics of agri-environmental change in New Zealand. His current research activities involve: farming, colonisation and de-colonisation in New Zealand, the rise of agrarian extremism, climate change adaptation and farmers, and the implications of the rise of cultivated proteins for agri-food systems.

Members of the IRSA board: Joost Dessein

Prof. Joost Dessein (°1971) is Associate Professor (tenured) at the department of Agricultural Economics (Ghent University, Belgium), and an affiliated member of the Centre for Sustainable Development (Ghent University). He holds an Msc in Agricultural Engineering and a Msc and PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Joost is president of the European Society for Rural Sociology.

With colleagues of the research group INSPIRA (Institutional, Socio-economic and Political Issues in Rural-urban Areas) he focuses on the governance of local food system, and related themes such as social and environmental justice and food democracy. He also studies the political and epistemological context of agro-ecology and the role of different knowledge systems in the transitions of the food system. His research has a strong though not exclusive focus on the Global South.