14th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference


  Lincoln Business School, 15-18th June, 2016


Abstracts are invited from researchers in any of the following themes:

  • Rural Social Entrepreneurship
  • Rural Tourism Entrepreneurship
  • Technology and innovation in the rural economy
  • Entrepreneurship, farming and the natural environment
  • International dimensions on rural entrepreneurship
  • Opportunities and challenges for rural development

The abstract submission form can be downloaded via the Abstract Submission tab above.

Abstracts should be emailed to by 1st February 2016

We welcome practitioner papers and reports, case studies and full academic research papers. The Journal of Tourism, Planning and Development is offering a special issue on rural tourism entrepreneurship for papers from this conference, marking 20 years of tourism research and teaching at Lincoln. We are also speaking to publishers about a book to be launched in 2017 to mark 15 years of this conference.

A dinner, with presentations from the founders and social enterprise researchers, will be staged at Hill Holt Wood (a nationally award-winning social enterprise) on the first evening – 15th June – with transport provided from Newark or Lincoln.

There is also a free Doctoral Research Training day sponsored by NARTI on the 15th June: for further details please click on the Doctoral Research Workshop tab above

Early Bird rates to include the conference dinner are £185 before 29th April 2016.  (After this, the fee will be £220).

For PhD students, the fee is £150. Some bursaries will be available thanks to our sponsors – see the website for further details.

The evening dinner and visit to Hill Holt will be an extra £30.00.


14th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference

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  •  A detailed call for papers will be launched in Nov 2015; deadline for abstracts in Feb 2016
  • Full papers will be invited for consideration in at least one special issue journal
  • Special tracks on social entrepreneurship and rural tourism enterprises
  • Additional themes will include: Technology and innovation in the rural economy; Growth and barriers to growth for rural entrepreneurs; Entrepreneurship, farming and the natural environment; and International dimensions on rural entrepreneurship
  • Visit to Hill Holt Wood, a nationally recognised social enterprise, on the eve of the conference, including presentations and dinner
  • A doctoral student workshop on Wednesday afternoon
  • The main conference day and the conference dinner on Thursday
  • Concluding sessions and keynotes followed by a showcase of Lincolnshire food and drinks from local entrepreneurs on the Friday
  • Make the most of your stay in our historic city with discounted accommodation on the Friday night and a tour of the Magna Carta centre at Lincoln Castle on Saturday
  • Best paper, best PhD student paper and best track prizes will be awarded
  • …and thanks to Glasgow Caledonian University for a great conference on Islay in 2015!