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Sustainable Rural Development - Theory, Approaches, Strategies, Cases and Recent Advances

Dr. Orhan Özçatalbaş

Akdeniz University

Dr. Ozcatalbas studies rural development and extension, ICT, and energy policy. He has been a visiting scientist for Postdoc, at Leibniz Hannover University, Institute of Horticultural Economics. He is a member of the Turkish Agricultural Economics Association, and Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, Society of Agricultural Economics, Scientific Committee Member of the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion.


Theory Approaches Social Economic Environment Bioeconomy Green Economy Human Well-Being Peace Green Deal Transformative Policies Agriculture Farmers

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The quest to ensure sustainable rural development is at the human well-being in rural areas, peace and justice, good governance, and international partnership the decades-long quest to improve new development methods and sustainable approaches continues in our sustainability systems. Beginning with the UN and EU reports, most local Institutes of researches have set ambitious agendas for the rural community to increase the number of rural families saved by agriculture-related errors and preventable adverse events.
To viable rural development has a vital role for rural communities. In the design of policies to be successful that affect them rural people have to decide and implement. According to this, it is a critical point to involve the poor and disadvantaged, along with related stakeholders, agricultural and rural development. Hence, for the sustainable development by international initiatives and all other institutions were searched and to be present the agricultural and related research results. To help support the effort, various governmental and non-governmental agencies established fundings for sustainable rural development research and fostered the development of human well-being goals in rural areas via national and international initiatives. In this context, most efforts resulted in successful cases. This book will intend to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the theory, approaches, strategies, and cases, and key elements and challenges of sustainable development, and Bioeconomy, Green and Circular economy for sustainability, and UN SDGs-Agenda 2030 and EU Green Deal.

I believe that this work will be fundamental in the field of SDG, and it will be a guiding, idea-generating key for researchers, practitioners, rural community, and policy decision-makers, and I hope that together we will establish sustainable rural life and development around the world.

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Expected publication date: April 25th 2022

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Dr. Orhan Özçatalbaş

Akdeniz University

Dr. Orhan Özçatalbaş graduated from Çukurova University Agricultural Faculty at Adana, Turkey in 1986 and completed his PhD in Agricultural Economics in the same institution in 1994. He joined to the Akdeniz University at Antalya in 1998 as an assistant professor of agricultural economics and promoted to professorship in 2011. Dr. Özçatalbas concentrated his work in the field of rural extension and development starting with his MSc and PhD studies, and ICT in agriculture, and rural tourism and development. He has been as a visitor scientist for Postdoc, in Leibniz Hannover University, Institute of Horticultural Economics (Institut für Gartenbau ökonomie), 1999-2000. Dr. Özçatalbaş’s research was focused on the information systems and rural development, and rural energy policy. Dr. Özçatalbaş is a member of the Turkish Agricultural Economics Association, and Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, Society of Agricultural Economics, Scientific Committe Member of the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA). Dr Özçatalbaş is also an editor of the International Journal of Rural Tourism and Development (IRTAD, ). He has around 100 papers in national and international journals, as well as 6 book chapters and 2 books. Within the scope of his professional project experience; such as project writing and management, project consultancy, project coordinator for rural development, agricultural policy, extension and organic marketing in national and international projects (TÜBİTAK, EU, FAO etc.).

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