Towards RUral Synergies and Trade-offs between Economic development and Ecosystem services (TRUSTEE)
Project code: TI-LR-08-PID1376
Contract period: 01.10.2013 - 31.08.2016
Purpose of research: Networks and research co-ordination
The main research objective of TRUSTEE is to disentangle the complex relationships between rural economic development and local pre-conditions at different spatial scales. We use an interdisciplinary approach that involves economists, geographers, agronomists, and ecologists. At every step of the research process, we involve scientists, experts, and stakeholders. In doing so, this research will also strengthen the capacity of a range of stakeholders to design sustainable strategies for rural areas. Sub-objectives of TRUSTEE are to analyse the multi-scaled determinants of economic development on a large European gradient of rural and rural/urban areas and to identify and assess the governance mechanisms and policy instruments that enhance sustainable rural vitality in very diverse contexts. As an ERANET project (RURAGRI) TRUSTEE on a meta-level aims at the production of synergies among international researchers of varied disciplines and between researchers and various stakeholders at different governance scales.