Intellectual Output 3


Implementation period: 1.12.2020-31.10.2022

Lead partner : P01 CIHEAM-IAMM

Participating Organisations: Applicant UTH; P02. UH ; P03. UNWE; P04. USAMV Cluj ; P05 ATU (GMIT); P06. UO

The Bank of Case Studies elaborated a set of materials aiming at providing real-case examples and improved understanding and comprehension of sustainable agro-systems in peripheral rural areas. The Bank is composed by two set of materials:

1- Territorial cases studies for supporting each one of the e-learning course modules, and made available for students following the e-course.

2- Case material for supporting i) academia teaching and training in PRA, and ii) professionals, advisors and local actors working on PRA. As a results, a total of 64 country case material, 4 methodological and pedagogical guides and 6 templates, have been developed and are available as open use resources. They are related to the 8-project peripheral rural areas (PRA). The end users are: students (including the e-learning course and Summer School students); teachers and educators, who benefit with material on how to conduct pedagogical activities; professionals, advisors, and decision-makers working in and for the PRA; and, farmers who benefited from insights of grassroots innovations and ways to improve their own farming strategies. The overall material is available on the RUR’UP digital platform created on EPALE’s website and may be utilised as a stand-alone material. Explicative notices, templates and guidelines ensure a large transferability potential to other PRAs and for post- project purposes.

The RUR’UP Bank of Cases Studies is composed by the following:

i) Cases of Studies complementary to the e-learning course (IO2). These include the following:

One Guideline and four templates for guiding partners on the elaboration of country material.

8 baseline assessments; 8 participatory process description, including a map and cartography of the PRA stakeholders; 26 innovation fiches of which 10 were elaborated ad hoc and the rest were adapted for answering to RUR’UP purposes; and a total of 8 descriptions of the innovation transfer and brokerage and communication and dissemination process carried out within the PRA.

ii) Cases of Studies for pedagogical and professional purposes. These include the following:

     Two guidelines and templates and one explicative document for guiding partners on the elaboration of the material.

* Guides for supporting and accompanying academia on how to conduct pedagogical activities on sustainable development in the 7 seven peripheral rural areas (transferable to other PRAs).

  1. Extracting key points from a territorial Baseline assessment (Greece): developed by the UTH
  2. Identifying vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities of a territory (France): developed by CIHEAM-IAMM
  3. Using a mind map approach to analysing the innovation context (Finland): developed by UH
  4. Organise and conduct efficient demonstration infield events (Romania): developed by USAMV-Cluj
  5. Stakeholder analysis in participatory innovation process (Bulgaria): developed by UNWE
  6. Understanding the Broad Range of Innovation Types (Ireland): developed by ATU
  7. Building participative projects in peripheral rural areas (Croatia): developed by SJJSO

* Guides for advisors on Innovative training for supporting local actors working in 7 EU Peripheral Rural Areas  

They gather a series of guides for supporting local actors working and /or willing to work at Peripheral Rural Areas level. The aim is to improve knowledge of the specificities of the territory and rurality of a concrete PRA; identify a common goal, a shared desired future for the PRA; identify challenges and needs and possible solutions, in terms of innovation; inform about different types of existing initiatives and innovations, as examples of good practices and contribution to the sustainable development of peripheral rural areas; and, to illustrate, with examples, the multi-stakeholder participatory approach implemented in the PRA strategy. Therefore, the Cases are intended to raise awareness while training professionals, territorial agents and local authorities in general on the characteristics, assets and challenges of 7 PRA in Europe. The objective is thus to make agents aware of the specificity of this territory, to strengthen their skills and improve their contributions as actors of sustainable development in this territory.

Those are the following: 1. The case of Greece  2. The case of France (additional interactive material was created)  3. The case of Finland 4. The case of Ireland  5. The case of Romania  6. The case of Bulgaria  and 7. The Case of Croatia

One interactive guide for supporting and raising awareness of local actors of PRA. 

All these materials are compiled and made accessible as open-source material at the RUR’UP Virtual Bank of case studies created on EPALE’s digital platform ( In addition, Cases Studies addressed to the e-learning RUR’UP course are uploaded to the RUR’UP Case Study Library on the e-learning digital platform (CPD Learning online)