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European Society for Rural Sociology

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STRINGS - Selling The Rural IN (urban) Gourmet Stores: establishing new liaisons between town and country through the sale and consumption of rural products" (PTDC/GES-OUT/29281/2017/ POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029281) is a research project developed at the University of Aveiro in cooperation with the Institute of Social Sciencesand the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planningof the University of Lisbon and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. 

STRINGS  is  funded  by the Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização (COMPETE 2020, FEDER) and by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT, IP). 

Sustainable Place-shaping. explores the full potential of place-shaping practices across five research themes. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 674962


Rural Sociology Society (US)

The Mountain Research Initiative

The Mountain Research Initiative is a non-profit organization that promotes global change research in mountain regions across borders and disciplines through connection, communication, and collaboration – with a view to supporting pathways towards sustainable mountain development.

The Mountain Institute (TMI)

The Mountain Institute (TMI) was founded on the slopes of Spruce Knob Mountain—the highest point in West Virginia—in 1972. TMI has grown significantly since then and is now known for its innovative programs in the world’s highest and longest mountain chains: the Himalayas and Andes. TMI partners with mountain people to transform their livelihoods and protect their cultures which helps conserve vital natural resources for the planet. The Mountain Institute is the only international non-profit focused solely on mountains worldwide, and actively dedicated to mountain communities and their unique environments.