The first part of the module will be dedicated at building a common understanding of the concepts of rural regeneration. Thus, the module will start with the definition of “rural area”, highlighting its characteristics, main challenges and opportunities. Then, “rural regeneration” will be introduced as mix of policies and approaches aiming to the social, economic and community (re)development of a rural area, counteracting phenomena such as decline, depopulation and abandonment. After explaining the RURITAGE approach to regeneration based on the 6 SIAs (Systemic Innovation Areas), the second part of the module will provide data and examples about of successful rural regeneration. A specific focus will be dedicated to the main threats that the COVID-19 crisis is posing to rural areas, but also how these challenges can be turned into opportunities for rural development and regeneration in the future. Finally, the modules will aim at providing the participants with tools and methods for developing sustainable rural regeneration strategies in different rural contexts.
The first director of the professional Master programme “Heritage for rural regeneration” and full professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Bologna (UNIBO).