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Rural Entrepreneurship in Times of Transformation

The purpose of this conference is to develop and strengthen the academic community researching societal challenges and the role of rural entrepreneurship in times of transformation.

During the conference, paper development workshops will be arranged, where future scholarship on the subject will be developed. After the conference, a selection of papers will be offered an opportunity for continued development with the goal to publish in a Special Issue of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, with the same topic and title as the conference.

Scholars interested in rural entrepreneurship are welcome. The conference organizers take their point of departure in entrepreneurship and rural studies but encourage interdisciplinary approaches and understandings. Scholars on all levels from Ph.D. Students to professors are welcome to partake in this developmental conference.

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See key note speaker Friederike Welter´s presentation "Contextualizing Entrepreneurship: Status quo, moving forward" from 14 June 2023.



  • Collection of Papers for the conference and PDW workshop for SI opens:
    1 March 2023
  • Papers to be ready and submitted for the conference and PDW workshop for SI: 1 May 2023
  • Confirmation of acceptance to the PDW workshop: 7th of May 2023
  • PDW SI Workshop in Kalmar, Sweden: 12-16 June 2023
  • First submission for the SI: 31 January 2024
  • Review comments received: 1 July 2024
  • Second submission: 1 October 2024
  • Review and decision: 1 December 2024
  • Publication: April 2025

Collection of Papers

Please send the paper for the conference as well as for the PDW workshop to ruralentrepreneurship@lnu.se.  

Contact information

If you have any questions or inquiries about the conference or the PDW workshop, please send a mail to ruralentrepreneurship@lnu.se. William Gartner, primary conference organizer, will go through the mail continuously and answer any questions that you may have.  

A sustainable event

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The conference “Rural entrepreneurship in times of transformation” is a sustainability-assured meeting in accordance with Linnaeus University’s guidelines for sustainable events. These guidelines are linked to the 17 global goals in Agenda 2030 and comprise the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, the social, and the environmental. 

Learn more about Linnaeus University´s sustainable events here.

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