19th Annual Colloquium of the International Geographical Union Commission, August 1-7, 2011
Colloquium Themes
Against the background of international trends and the recent experience in Ireland, the Colloquium will address a number of key themes of current concern in rural areas under the broad heading of The Sustainability of Rural Systems: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities. Abstracts are invited for papers that address the following themes and sub-themes, broadly defined, from theoretical and policy perspectives and that document processes of change in particular geographical contexts:

1. Land use, agriculture and food: issues of local sustainability in a global context
2. Heritage, tourism and environment: challenges and opportunities
3. Rural society, population and settlement under conditions of economic and social change
4. Governance and rural development: progress and prospects
5. Innovative approaches to employment in rural areas
6. Rural society and sustainable energy