7th RRPG International Conference and Field Study, 2016


Call for Papers

7th RRPG International Conference and Field Study in Malaysia 2016 (RRPG7)

Advancing Inclusive Rural Development & Transformation in a Challenging Environment

UTM Skudai, Johor Bahru – Malaysia, 15 – 17  August 2016


 About RRPG7

We are facing the challenge of uncertainty of economic growth, increased globalization process, political conflicts and climate change that the questions of sustainability, and inclusivity of development becoming more pressing. The new global development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also call for more commitment for inclusive development. However, given the need to foster economic growth and competitiveness, concentration of development in core regions seems to be a common strategy adopted by many governments in developing countries, the outcome would further increase the development gap in rural areas. In the context of  the various challenges facing the world today we would like to call upon scholars and practitioners to look into how  rural development  could  incorporate inclusive and sustainable communities that synergize and balance between rural and urban areas as well as achieving sustainable development, poverty eradication and resilient community. 

 We sincerely invite your participation for this important academic event, which will be held in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on August 15-17 2016. The conference is organized by Centre for Innovative Planning & Development (CiPD) with co-organiser UTM Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. The theme of this conference is “Advancing Inclusive Rural Development & Transformation in a Challenging Environment“.

 The aim of this conference to bring together stakeholders, policy makers, prominent figure, leading academic scientists, researchers and the public to explicitly discuss and advance our understanding of the following issues related to rural transformation, inclusive rural development and resilience rural environment. This conference will feature leading figures in various fields involving sustainable rural development, community empowerment, local economic development and community-based disaster risk reduction as well as resilience rural community studies. Detailed information about the conference can be found on the conference website (https://rrpg2016.wordpress.com/)

 Authors/Presenters are invited to submit abstracts and full papers describing their original research. Categories covered by the conference includes:

  1. New approaches in rural planning and development
  2. Rural revitalisation strategies and models
  3. Sustainable rural resource management
  4. Rural governance, partnerships and institutional framework
  5. Rural cluster development models
  6. Rural SMEs and entrepreneurship
  7. Rural empowerment and economic transformation
  8. Rural and appropriate technologies
  9. Rural and community based tourism
  10. Rural planning and development for marginalised communities
  11. Geospatial modelling in disaster risk reduction in rural region
  12. Adaptive management and resilience rural planning

 Submission Deadline:

 Please submit your abstract by April 29, 2016. All submissions will be subject to peer review process. All accepted abstracts and full papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference. Please visit our website for more information on submitting your abstract/full paper, future deadlines and registering for the conference. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

 Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and students who may be interested.

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 29, 2016

Best Regards,

Conference Committee of RRPG7-2016

Pineapple Farming in Parit Tengah village, Batu Pahat, Malaysia

Pineapple fruits preparation for Chinese New Year in a farm at Parit Tengah village, Batu Pahat, Malaysia. January 2016.


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