Rural Society

The journal of research into rural and regional social issues which include the rural media, small town development, rural gender issues and much more.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 3, June

Climbing without the Energy Ladder: Limitations of Rural Energy Development for Forest Conservation
ABSTRACTMotivated by the evolution of rural electrification as more than just a project to drive modern development but to further effect environmental conservation, this paper offers an examination of the energy transition framework that guides such...
Community-Owned Renewable Energy (CRE): Opportunities for Rural Australia
ABSTRACTCommunity-owned renewable energy (CRE) projects are on the rise across the world, including in Australia. This article applies a STEEP (social, technological, environmental, economic, political) analysis to CRE case studies to elucidate the opportunities,...
Energy and Rurality
On 30 August 2010, Charles Sturt University's Institute for Land Water and Society presented a workshop that brought together Australian, English, Italian and German social researchers together to discuss the energy and transport challenges face by rural...
Green-Changing: A Research-Based Collaboration with a Tree-Changed Rural Community
ABSTRACTA research-based collaboration with a rural community engaged with the risks and opportunities involved in renewable energy production. Natimuk Township, within the Victorian wheat and sheep belt, is atypical in its renewal by tree-change migrants...
Peak Oil and Significant Change for Rural Australia
ABSTRACTThe peaking of world oil supply will have significant economic and social impacts for rural Australia. This paper looks at the peaking of world supply, the role of energy in our global industrial society and its use in agriculture. It further...
Progressive Contextualisation of Energy Practices and Trajectories: A Case Study in Thailand
ABSTRACTDwindling amounts of fossil fuels, climate change, environmental impacts of energy production and consumption and other energy-related issues play an increasingly important role in shaping the human and physical landscape of modernisation and...
The Adoption of Short-Rotation Energy Cropping as a New Land Use Option in the New South Wales Central West
ABSTRACTEnergy cropping based around woody native plants has attracted attention as a future land use option for rural Australia, with mallee eucalypts a particular focus. Potential benefits could include income for landholders, climate change mitigation...
Wind, Sun and Water: Complexities of Alternative Energy Development in Rural Northern Peru
ABSTRACTDrawing on recent research with NGO-driven projects in rural Cajamarca, Peru, we examine the paradoxes of relying on wind, solar and micro-hydro generation of electricity for rural community development. In spite of cost, vagaries of these energy...
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