The Institute operates nationally and internationally. It cooperates closely with the University of Helsinki’s other units and with other parties in society at large.
Participation in university consortia activities is one of the main forms of cooperation. The Ruralia Institute operates in both the Mikkeli University Consortium and the University Consortium of Seinäjoki.
The Institute’s international cooperation mainly consists of EU-funded research and development projects and of programmes in which the Institute participates jointly with its European partners.
The Ruralia Institute coordinates the Co-op Network Studies.