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Rural Studies Laboratory

Composed of research professors in sociology, economics and geography from Isara and research professors in geography and history of the University Lyon 2, the Laboratory of Rural Studies (LER) conducts multidisciplinary research around highly entangled aspects – rurality, agriculture and food. They take into account both long term and present time, asking questions on scale variations and changes as well as crossing borders in rural areas and city – countryside relations, attempting to understand transitions to more sustainable and resilient food systems and territorial development.

The LER is structured around several axess.

  • The first axis deals with the long-term analysis of the relationship between science and society, bringing a new perspective on the agricultural question and the environment.
  • The second axis analyzes the policy implementation process and the public policy implementation process focusing on the issues at stake around food, the environment, agriculture, territories and development.
  • The third axis examines the transitions around issues regarding food, quality and organization of food systems. This is the most international axis.
  • As for the fourth, it is in fact a questioning of rurality through the issues of the present, challenging in an original and critical way the era of metropolisation and accessibility to quality food. The Isara teaching team is strongly involved in each of these axes through several research projects.


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