16th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference
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The 16th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference takes place at the University of Plymouth in 2018 and the Plymouth Business School and Futures Entrepreneurship Centre are inviting contributions from practitioners and academics to any of the following themes:

  • Entrepreneurship, farming and the natural environment 
  • Digital rural entrepreneurship
  • International dimensions of rural entrepreneurship
  • New approaches in rural theory, method and measurement
  • Opportunities and challenges for rural development
  • Rural innovation, EU funding and the role of universities
  • Rural social entrepreneurship
  • Rural entrepreneurship and marketing
  • Rural tourism enterprises.

Abstract submissions (please download the form from the above link)

Extended deadline due to high demand

Abstracts are invited for papers from anyone with an interest in rural entrepreneurship; we encourage contributions from academics and practitioners alike. Please indicate which of the conference themes you think is/are most appropriate and limit your abstract to 400 words.

Full paper submissions (please download the form from the above link)

Following the mandatory abstract submission by 12 March 2018, you can optionally submit full papers of between 3,000 and 4,000 words (excluding reference list) by 1 May 2018. Please use the template form so that we have standard margins, font Arial 11, 1.5 line spaced and including up to five keywords. Please also use Harvard referencing style.

Submission deadlines

Practitioner papers and reports, case studies and academic research papers are welcome and abstracts should be emailed to Nikolaos Apostolopoulos (nikolaos.apostolopoulos@plymouth.ac.uk) by Monday 12 March 2018.

Registration and fees

  • Early Bird rate (before 29 April 2018): £185. After this date, the fee is £220. 
  • PhD students: £150
  • The gala dinner is an extra £30.


Details about accommodation partners will be announced soon.


Contact Nikolaos Apostolopoulos (nikolaos.apostolopoulos@plymouth.ac.uk) for further information.

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About Plymouth

Plymouth is located on the border between Devon and Cornwall on the south-west coast of England. The region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Plymouth is a vibrant, compact city by the sea. The University and its facilities enjoy a central city location and thus is within walking distance of hotels and the famous Barbican and Hoe, boasting numerous fine restaurants and pubs, in a rich historical setting.

Conference venue

The University is located at the heart of the city of Plymouth, with excellent rail and road links. The campus boasts an extensive range of modern conference facilities including state of the art lecture theatres, exhibition venues, galleries, meeting and breakout rooms.

The University’s dedicated conference and events team work with delegates to provide a comprehensive support package so that the conference is a success. Our meeting rooms offer the ideal space for focused presentations or group work, away from usual working environments.

Travelling to Plymouth

There are hourly trains from London Paddington that take between 3-4 hours, the driving time is similar.

The nearest airports are Exeter and Newquay, both of which are approximately an hour (40-60 miles) away and are near or have access to train stations that have direct links to Plymouth. Bristol airport is two hours away by car or train.

London Gatwick and Heathrow are four hours away by car with good rail and National Express coach service links.

Plymouth also has an international ferry port serving France (Roscoff) and Spain (Santander).

GWR Conference Plymouth scheme

We have partnered with Great Western Railways (GWR) to offer delegates attending the 16th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference discounted return train fares to Plymouth. 

These reduced rates can save you up to 60% on the cost of travel with the GWR Network Area ONLY.

View the detailed instructions on how to use the scheme.

For further information, please contact events@plymouth.ac.uk.

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