02 Apr Rural Research Centre
We’ve been working with a range of partners to better understand the socio-economic, cultural, environmental and spiritual issues that impact the wellbeing of rural communities.
Our call to research began when we realised there was little to no information or social research on rural New Zealand over the past two decades. Our goal was to fill this gap, so that any further policies or actions taken regarding rural communities would be made with knowledge and research behind it – see our rural research post for more information.
Building from this research our long-term aim is to work with partners to create a research institute for rural wellbeing. This institute would focus on rural communities and rural life and would both inform and support initiatives that sought to respond to rural needs.
Such a centre has been successfully operating for some time in England – The Arthur Rank Centre – which offers a good operational model to base the development of the proposed research centre on. Dr Jill Hopkinson, National Rural Officer for the Church of England and based at the Arthur Rank Centre has visited The Bishop’s Action Foundation to offer insight into the development of the proposed Taranaki-based research centre.