The Department of Economics, NUI Galway has secured strong expertise in the field of institutional economics and integrated rural development. Its integrative approach of rural issues, paying attention to collective learning, will combine sustainability (economic, social, environmental sustainability) and rural innovation (product, process and organisational innovation) issues. A range of Galway-based resources will contribute to the academic and logistic implementation of the project i.e. staff of the Department of Economics, the Information Technology Department., the Unit of Applied Ecology, the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC), and the ECI.
SPRU is one of the world leaders in policy
research on science, technology and innovation (STI) and
its wider economic, social and environmental implications.
SPRU's Environment and Energy Programme contributes to IDARI
by coordinating work package two on "Learning for Social-Ecological
Resilience and Diffusion of Innovations". The main
projects investigate the diffusion patterns of organic farming
practices in different institutional environments, and the
impacts of tourism on environmental protection areas in
The Chair of Resource Economics explores social aspects of the sustainable use of multiple resources in agriculture and in rural areas. The research activities of the chair focus particularly on "institutions of sustainability". This key notion comprises a multitude of institutional questions ranging from local participation to international agreements.
The CIRAD is a major research body devoted to international co-operation in development and agro-food systems. The CIRAD team will provide expertise in quality research, variables design using the Economics of Conventions, as well as the resources of its extended network specialised in agricultural systems research.