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The Eighth Workshop on Social Capital and Development Trends in the Japanese and Swedish Countryside

Date: May 20-22, 2011
Venue: Nara Prefectural New Public Hall, Nara, Japan
(Website: http://www.shinkokaido.jp/english/index.html
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You can see the report of this workshop from here.

BACKGROUND AND SCOPE
Under the current progressive movement of globalization enhanced by the development of transportation networks and innovations of information systems, the existence of rural regions stands on the edge of a precipice. Regional problems that rural areas are faced with are characterized by depopulation, aging society, degradation of natural resources, just to mention a few influencing factors. So far, the national and local governments have taken various policies to overcome these problems, while limits of governmental capacity have often been demonstrated. In this context, it is the time for us to build a new paradigm of community governance in order to enhance the substance of rural regions. Especially, collaborative management of a local community supported by various stakeholders, e.g. local residents, voluntary associations, tourists, and so on is required. One of the most important concepts that we should take into consideration is the concept of “social capital.” In general, social capital refers to networks filled with norms of one’s community that enhance trust, concern for one’s associates, and cooperation. In several fields of research and public policy making, the concept of social capital swept to prominence as a key issue for community governance. Discussing and materializing the concept of social capital in a local community will contribute in enhancing the rural substance and development. The objective of the workshop is to discuss common topics of rural regions of Sweden and Japan, with the concept of social capital as common denominator. This workshop is the fifth workshop with this theme. The former workshops were held in Östersund, Sweden, 2004, Nichinan, Tottori, Japan, 2005, Vindeln, Sweden, 2006, Kitami, Hokkaido, Japan 2007, Jönköping, Sweden, 2008 and 2010, and Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan, 2009.

Topics of interest in this workshop include (but not limited):
1.
Social Capital and its Management
2. 
Commons and its Management
3. 
Community Governance
4. 
Voluntarism, Partnership, and Local Engagement
5. 
Sustainable Management of Forest Resources
6. Development of Rural Regions
7. Tourism and Local Development

PARTICIPANT
This seminar is open for participants from universities, research institutions, government institutions, practitioners, developer and for people who are concerned about social capital and rural development. The papers are also expected coming from various countries. 

GENERAL SECRETARIAT CONTACT DETAILS
Dr. Mamoru YOSHIDA
Assistant Professor, Global COE "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Department of Urban Management,
Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
E-mail : yoshida [at] hse.gcoe.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Address: Katura4 C-1-3 R182, Kyoto Uni.,Nisikyoku,Kyoto,615-8540,Japan
TEL +81-75-383-3224/FAX +81-75-383-3224

More information will be updated in future. If you have any questions, please contact the secretariat.

最終更新日 2013年2月22日(金曜)13:52

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