Sune Wiingaard Stoustrup

Since October 2017 Sune W. Stoustrup has joined the IRS in the department of “Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development” as a doctoral student as part of the project “RurAction: Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions – Analysing Innovative Troubleshooters in Action”.

He is B.Sc. in Planning Studies and Communication Studies from Roskilde University and M.A. from the 4CITIES Master Programme in Urban Studies (jointly organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Wien, Copenhagen University, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

He graduated his M.A. based on his thesis: “European Spatial Planning - From Policy to Project
in Budapest and Vienna”, where he analysed the implementation and consequences of EU co-financing of urban projects in Vienna and Budapest.

For his research at the IRS he will be analysing discourses on regional problems, as they are represented by narrations and media as well as the knowledge patterns they produce. The study will be a comparative study of the three regions Mid-West (IE), Uckermark (DE) and Mühlviertel (AT), and as part of this he will be seconded to local institutions in these places (Ballyhoura development, IE, Social Impact, DE, and OTELO, AT).


Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

Rural regions – to be understood as areas with a low population density spanning between the local and the state level – are faced with major social and economic problems. In comparison to ‘predominantly urban’ or ‘intermediate’ regions, ‘predominantly rural’ regions, and particularly structurally weak rural regions, are economically less productive, which finds expression by a low level of gross domestic product . They provide a less extensive scope of desired goods and services, opportunities for higher education and qualified job offers. Not least, they are faced with recurring negative discourses on rural problems in public media resulting in negative images. The RURACTION research and training network focuses on these problems in structurally weak rural regions in Europe and on the impact of social entrepreneurship regarding the development of innovative solutions. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

In current times, many rural regions in Europe are facing major social and economic problems. With a declining population in rural areas, both the public and private sectors struggle to keep services at the same levels as before. However, due to a decrease in revenue they are often only poorly maintained and as a result can become under-utilised and end up with being withdrawn. Similarly, also local living conditions and quality of life decreases as unemployment rises and skilled labour becomes limited.<br/><br/>These developments are mirrored in the media where structurally weak rural areas face recurring negative discourses. This can further reduce economic opportunities by framing the regions as a less rewarding context for both economic development and for everyday living,... more info


Facing Rural Problems: Investigating the Discursive Construction of Challenges for Structurally Weak European Rural Regions

DNC3-ALED: Knowledge and power in a polycentric world

Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, Germany

Activating Imaginaries of the Future in Local Development Processes in European Rural Regions.

14th ESA Conference

Manchester, United Kingdom

Facing Rural Problems: Investigating the Discursive Construction of Challenges for Structurally Weak European Rural Regions

Die Diskursive Konstruktion von Wirklichkeit IV

Universität Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany