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The XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress - Places of Possibility? Rural Societies in a Neoliberal World

17 August 2015, 9.00am: Various prices
Various locations; James Hutton Institute, University of Aberdeen, AECC
for interested parties
The XXVI Congress is being organised locally by the James Hutton Institute’s Soc

The European Society for Rural Sociology warmly welcomes you to North East Scotland.

The XXVI Congress is being organised locally by the James Hutton Institute’s Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group; the UK’s largest group of social and economic scientists studying rural communities, land use and the environment.

Aberdeen city and shire offer a fascinating location for social research on rural and natural resource-based issues. Historically, the economy of the region was based on productive farm land and abundant sea fishing resources. The arrival of the North Sea oil industry in the 1970s led to rapid urbanisation and the establishment of Aberdeen city as the ‘oil capital of Europe’. Today, Aberdeen’s economy remains heavily dominated by the oil industry, and Aberdeenshire has developed the reputation for progressive farming, vibrant rural communities and a strong tourist sector, featuring coastal and mountain trails, dolphin and whale watching, and thriving whisky distilleries and microbreweries. The region is of interest for scientists studying multi-scale governance; rural innovation particularly in relation to renewable energy, local food, gentrification processes; human/animal and human/nature relationships; cultural ecosystem service provision; multifunctional land management; property relations and eco-economy approaches.


AECC- Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen, AB23 8BL

AECC and Aberdeen are very accessible with great transport links to this historic and successful city, and to some of Scotland’s finest scenery and heritage!

Registration Fees

The registration fee will be as follows:

  • ESRS Members: £375
  • £315 for full-time students and members of non-OECD countries
  • Non-Members £420
  • £340 for non-members who are full-time students and for members of OECD countries

The registration fee includes the costs for congress activities, lunch Wednesday 19 - Friday 21 August 2015 and coffee/ refreshments during breaks, the opening party and the conference programme.

A nominal fee of £20 will be charged to participants in the excursions.

A fee of £35 will be charged to participants for the congress dinner.

The James Hutton Institute will offer access scholarships, on a competitive basis.

Companion Fares

Congress delegates are welcome to bring companions to the non-academic events. Please note that the field trips and congress dinner are subsidised by registration fees; companion fares are thus higher- representing the real cost of providing the events. The companion fares are: 

  • Companion Fare for Field Trips: £40
  • Companion Fare for Congress dinner and Ceilidh: £66
  • Companion Fare for Whisky Tasting and Fish Supper: £47
  • Companion Fare for Student pub night: £20

Fares are payable through the electronic registration system. 

Please register here to secure your place in the programme.


If you have any queries or wish further information, please contact: The Events Team, James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA. Email:, Tel: +44 (0)344 928 5428.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.