RURALIZATION project investigates regeneration of rural areas in Europe. Regeneration is an ongoing process and it has many avenues ahead. Trend analysis is one way to get ideas of the possible ingredients of the updated rural Europe and related future developments. Trends provide opportunities to benefit from mainstream force fields (megatrends), from some context specific developments (trends) or from symptoms of change (weak signals). Trend is not a norm neither a promise of a certain kind of future, since every societal trend is valid only for a limited period of time and every trend will end. Identification and assessment of trends that have relevance for rural regeneration is an integral part of RURALIZATION process in which the opportunities are translated into promising practices and policies.
This report provides a documentation of the extensive trend analysis exercise that was carried out in 2019–2020 by the participants of the project.