Friday 26th of June

16:00-16:30 – Opening of the conference

16.30-18:30 – Plenary Session

16.30-17.00 – Nigel Swain, Eastern European Rurality a Quarter of a Century on

17.15-17.45 – Lutz Laschewski, After Transition is Before Transition. About the Time of Rural Change

18.00-18.30 – Andrzej Kaleta, Polish Rural Sociology of Transformation Period

19:00 – Welcome Reception (conference venue)

Saturday 27th of June (work in thematic groups)

9:00-11:00 – session 1

11:00-11:30 – coffee break

11:30-13:30 –   session 2

13:30-15:00 –   lunch

15:00-16:40 –   session 3

16:40-17:00 –   coffee break

17:00-18:40 – session 4

19:30- dinner

Thematic groups:

Thematic group 1: Advantages and disadvantages in the Contemporary Rural World

Chair: Lutz Laschewski


Starosta Paweł – Civic Participation Across Rural Europe. Inequalities, Patterns and Determinants (University of Lodz, Poland)

Matysiak Ilona – Old and New Forms of Women’s Activity in the Local Public Life in Rural Areas in Poland: Continuation and Change in 25 years after the Transition (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej im. Marii Grzegorzewskiej, Poland)

Paula Liga – Communities of Practice in Rural Areas as Agents Promoting Local Development (Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia)

Wrona Anna – The Impact of Urban-to-rural Migration on the Civic Society in the Polish Countryside – the Case of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Sitek Anna – Involvement of Rural Residents in  NGO’s Activities – According to National Data (Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland)


Zobena Aija – Innovative Approaches to Service Provision in Rural Areas: Case of Latvia (Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia)

Zajda Katarzyna – Rural Women in Local Politics (Department of Rural and Urban Development, University of Lodz, Poland)

Michalska Sylwia – New Social Roles of Rural Women after System Transformation in Poland (Research on Social Changes in Countryside, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, PAS, Poland)

Daugavietis Janis – Rural Culture for the Community Development? Case of Latvian Song and Dance Festival (Centre for Scientific Research; Culture, Education, Science and health Statistics Section, The Latvian Academy of Culture; Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia)


Rasnaca Liga – Social Inequality in Rural Labour Markets: The case of Vulnerable Groups in Latvia (Department of Sociology, University of Latvia, Riga)

Kovács Katalin, Judit Keller, Katalin Rácz, Nigel Swain, Monika Váradi – Can Workfare Schemes Prevent Further Impoverishment of the Rural Poor? An Account of a Hungarian Experiment (Department for Central and Northern Hungarian Research, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Dziubacka Krystyna, Justyna Pilarska – Quality of Life of Inhabitants of Polish-German Borderland as a Result of Transformational Changes in Poland (Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences, University of Wroclaw, Poland)

Kłoczko-Gajewska Anna, Aneta Mikuła – Thematic villages – a chance to reduce social exclusion in rural areas (Department of Economics and Economic Policy, Warsaw University of life Sciences – SGGW, Poland)

Thematic Group 2: Rurality in the Changing World

Chair: Nigel Swain


Jansons Ilgvars – Peripheralisation and Reinvention of Household in Geographical Research in Central and Eastern Europe (Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged, Hungary)

Biegańska Jadwiga, Mirek Dymitrow, Stefania Środa-Murawska, Elżbieta Grzelak-Kostulska – Post-socialist Estates and the Concept of Rurality: from Policy to Misery (Department of Urban Studies and Regional Development, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland)

Pathy Adam – Differentiation of Regions with Tiny Villages in Hungary in the Post-transition Period (Department of Regional Studies and Public Policy, Széchenyi István University, Hungary)

Bernard Josef, Martin Šimon – Local and Uniform or Global and Differentiated?: 25 years of the Czech Countryside (Department Local and Regional Studies, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)

Kusis Janis, Baiba Miltovica – Latvian and Polish Urban Youth Perceptions and Stereotypes of FARMER and Agriculture (Institute of Social and Human Sciences, Latvian University of Agriculture, Faculty of Economics and Social Development, Latvia)



Perger Éva – Spatial Effects of Local Responses to the Structural Changes in National Development Policy in Hungarian Rural Regions (Great Plain Research Department, Institute for Regional Studies Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Science)

Bożętka Barbara – Not without substantial changes- the response of the rural landscape in Poland to recent transformation processes

Kruzmetra Zenija, Jadwiga Biegańska, Stefania Środa-Murawska – Periurban Development as Significant Rural Development Trend (Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Latvia University of Agriculture; Department of Urban Studies and Regional Development, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland)

Strielkowski Wadim, Yuriy Bilan, Barbara Chmielewska- Development of rural areas in the context of urbanization pressure: a Comparison of Poland and Ireland, (J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)

Slavova Petya – Organic Farming in Bulgaria as Complementary Employment for “Urban Citizens” in Rural Regions (Department of Sociology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria)



Bugovics Zoltán – Regional and Countryside Identity in Hungary (Department for Regional Studies and Public Policy, Széchenyi IStván University, Győr, Hungary)

Szafraniec Krystyna – Farmers and rural inhabitants in Poland: changes in life conditio, system of value and political orientations after 1989 (Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland)

Moravcikova Danka, Anna Mravcova, Eva Svitacova – Life Strategies and Values of Rural youth in Slovakia (Department of Social Sciences, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia)

Nemenyi Agnes – Demographic and Socio-Economic Changes in the Romanian Countryside (Christian University Partium Oradea, Romania)



Głuszkowski Michał – System transformation and the threat of extinction of minority communities. The case of Russians-Old Believers in Poland (Department of Slavonic Languages, Philological Faculty, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland)

Lukic Tamara, Bojan Djercan, Milka Bubalo Zivkovic, Rastislav Stojsavljevic – Ethnic Groups in the Countryside of the Vojvodina Region (Serbia), Contribution to Knowledge About the Characteristics of Cohabitation (Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Serbia)

Veress Enikő – Regional Cleavages. Case-study in the Cristuru Secuiesc, Microregion, Romania (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Libov Bronzino – The Fear of Everyday Life: Contemporary Russian Case (Department of Sociology, People’s Friendship University of Russia)



Working Group 3: Changes and Risk in the Dynamic Rural World

Chair: Wojciech Knieć


Halamska Maria – The specific evolution of family farming in Poland: the weight of both past and present conditions (Research on Social Changes in Countryside, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, PAS, Poland)

Mukhanova Maria – Productive Activity and Types of Rural Households: the Case of  Family  Farms (Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

Kalugina Zemfira I. – Economic and Social Modernization of the Russian Village: Successes and Failures (Institute of Economics & Industrial Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

Podedworna Hanna – Between Family Economy and the Market: Institutionalization of Labour Relations in the Polish Agriculture from the perspective of Rural Sociology (Warsaw University of life Sciences – SGGW, Poland)

Faadeva Olga – Formal and Informal Land Use Practices in Post-Soviet Russia (Institute of Economics & Industrial Engineering of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)


O’Brien David J., Valery V. Patsiorkovsky- From Survival to Sustainability: Rural Russian Household Adaptations from 1991 to 2009 (Department of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA; Institute for the Socio-Economic Studies of Population, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)

Gorlach Krzysztof, Piotr Nowak – Past Experiences and Future Expectations: Farmers and Extension Service Advisers on Rural Cooperatives in Poland (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland)

Nechiporenko Olga, Vsevolod Samsonov – Russian Countryside: Stages of Change, Adaption to Reforms and New Global Challenge (Institute of Philosophy and Low, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences)

Szörényiné Kukorelli Iren – Innovation Absorption Capacity of the Rural Regions in Hungary (West-Hungarian Research Department, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Economic and Regional Science Institute, Hungary)

Larcher Manuela, Martin Schönhart, Erwin Schmid - Risk Perceptions in Austrian Farms – Evidence from a Quantitative Survey (Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria)


Matczak Piotr, Agnieszka Jeran – The Collapse and Renewal of Agricultural Cooperatives in Poland after 1989 (Institute of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

Śpiewak Ruta - Different Structures of Alternative Food Networks in Poland: Traditional  and New (Research on Social Changes in Countryside, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, PAS, Poland)

Felcis Renars – (Re)emergence of Commoning in Private Forest Owners’ Networks: the Case of Forestry Cooperatives in Latvia (University of Latvia)

Goszczyński Wojciech – Making Invisible Mouth Visible: Dynamic of New Relations at Food Networks in Eastern European Countries (Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland)


Szumelda Anna – Small-scale Farming in a Growth-oriented World – Some Examples from the Districts of Lubartów and Krosno in Eastern and South-Eastern Poland (Faculty of Sustainability, Institute for Sustainabilty Governance, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany)

Stoeva Svetla – Opening the “Black box” of the Organic Farming Development in Bulgaria: the Problem of the top-down institutionalization of the Sector (Department of Sociology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria)

Bariss Voldemārs, Andis Kursītis, Laima Barisa – Policy Gaps in Rural Development: The Case of the Equine  Sector in Latvia (Faculty  of Economics and Social Development, Latvia  University of Agriculture, Latvia)

Gabor Kiraly - Sleepy Development of a Wine Region in Hungary (Research Centre for Economics and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Sunday 28th of June

9:00-10:30 – Panel Discussion – Looking back at the 25 years of CEE rural areas transition – summary of the sessions (chairmans)
10:30-11:00 – coffee break
11:00-12:30 – Closing Plenary – Panel Discussion: The future of CEE rural areas transition
12:30-13:30 – lunch