The rural network study material evolved into fresh research

MDI mapped the developer networks of four LAGs (Local Action Groups) as part of “Enabling rural development” survey. MDI’s trainee Benjamin Heikkinen gathered the material for his master’s thesis in connection with the survey. Benjamin’s thesis “Networks in place-based rural development” was finished in February. Regional developer networks were analysed by examining the main organisation groups and the most important factors in terms of social capital. In addition to the network analysis, the thesis analysed the factors, which promote networking between the actors and challenges faced in the regions.

The networks seem to centre on parties, which have the resources or which give advises for using them. The meaning of local village associations and other associations was based on social capital in all regions. The meaning of information and ideas was highly emphasised in relation to social capital.

You can find the thesis (in Finnish) here.