The Ruralia Institute conducts multidisciplinary research that transcends the boundaries of various academic fields. Core areas of research include phenomena in the fields of entrepreneurship and well-being from the perspective of rural areas. On a social level, the institute examines sustainable development and the interaction between rural and urban areas in a globalising world.

Diverse international and Finnish research cooperation enhances the institute’s research work. The institute always endeavours to publish research results in the leading journals of the field, in popularised form in trade journals, and in the institute’s own publication series.

Development activities

The Ruralia Institute coordinates and participates in development processes designed to create and pilot new operating models and innovations pertinent to the development of rural areas. The objective is to blend university-level scientific knowledge, expertise and practical experience-based knowledge in a solution-oriented manner in cooperation with partners.

The development activities benefit businesses, as well as public and third sector operators in rural areas, and promote the effectiveness of different policy instruments. The results of the development projects are published in the institute’s own publication series and relevant trade journals