Rural Sociology Group

The Rural Sociology Group (RSO) studies the dynamics of food provisioning, agrarian change, and rural and regional development with an international comparative perspective. Specific attention is paid to the different levels at which transformation processes occur and are shaped, as well as to the different actors, institutions and modes of political organization involved. We study and analyse these transformation processes from a range of critical sociological perspectives, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods.



The Rural Sociology Group is part of Centre for Space, Place and Society - a platform of collaboration and outreach for researchers from four chair groups within Wageningen University & Research (WUR), straddling the environmental and social sciences.

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The Rural Sociology Group teaches courses on topics linked to rurality, food provisioning and place-based development. Within these fields of research, we offer possibilities to do a bachelor, master thesis or internship. We teach in a number of different bachelor and master programmes.

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