This workshop examines the future of small villages (fewer than 1000 population) in sparsely populated areas. The aims of the workshop are to review the current research into demographic and economic change in small villages, to propose methodologies for 'futurist' research, and to outline a workshop report and journal special issue related to the topic. Delegates will also be invited to participate in a series of grant applications targeted at research funding organisations in several jurisdictions. The workshop will feature a seminar with the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University (3 November), a field trip to small villages in northern Sweden (4 November), and a workshop in Vilhelmina (5 November). Delegates are also invited to participate in a practitioner workshop featuring local and regional government and economic development representatives (6 November, also in Vilhelmina). The workshop is free, but delegate numbers are limited. Participants from Australia, Sweden, Canada, Alaska, and Austria have already confirmed. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University, the Centre for Rural Medicine (Storuman, Sweden), Akademi Norr (Sweden), Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), and Vilhelmina and Arvidsjaur local councils (Sweden). Further sponsorship opportunities are available.

Northern Institute Director, Professor Ruth Wallace and Northern Institute Researcher, Professor Dean Carson will be presenting at the Seminar.

Contact person:  Professor Dean Carson
T: +46 (0)90 786 6303

Location:  Vilhelmina, Northern Sweden

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, November 6, 2015 - 17:00