Rural development

Interpretative Model of Globalization Effects in Regional Development | DERREG

The research completed by DERREG during the three-year project period (Jan’09-Dec’11) has shown that rural regions across Europe are proactively engaging with globalization processes and their impacts, exploiting new opportunities for international networking and trade, and developing responses to the challenges presented by globalization.

Globalization is not a singular, monolithic and homogenizing force. Different globalization processes operate in different combinations in different regions, with different results. There is no one rural experience of globalization, and no pre-determined outcomes. National, regional and local factors can all intervene to shape impacts and responses.

Drawing together evidence from the four thematic strands of the DERREG project, combined with broader contextual research, we can propose an interpretative model for understanding the workings of globalization in rural contexts and the opportunities for policy interventions.


As the DERREG interpretative model proposes, globalization impacts in rural regions result from the potential formed by the intersection of globalization processes and regional contexts and capacities, and the transformative agency of catalysts that can variously include local entrepreneurs, corporate actors, government policies or political events, among others.

Read more about the DERREG interpretative model in the ‘Summary Report’ document attached below…

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