Much is known about major trends impacting on rurality; however, despite considerable knowledge about these impacts, past and present, we still struggle to deal with uncertainty about the future for the rural, and to plan for the possible, probable, and desired shape of that future. This programme approaches such challenges by focusing on how innovation contributes to future planning for rurality; how to envisage and plan for alternative, feasible and desirable future developments in the rural based on the promotion and implementation of innovation across various spheres. It considers how innovation is linked to improvements—in methods, processes, products, services or technologies; how it can be about promoting a culture of innovation that supports and nurtures new ideas; whether innovation interventions are pitched at appropriate scales and with relevant supports.
3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE
1. The programme is delivered by staff who: have established reputations in internationally and nationally funded rural research and publications; have active networks with key international and national rural institutions; and extensive teaching experience ranging from undergraduate to PhD levels.
2. The focus on futures planning is unique, emphasising progression towards desired rural futures.
3. The programme emphasises field-based and applied approaches to teaching and learning, developing strong ruralspecific and other skills valued by employer.