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Rural Sociology Society’s Graduate Student Conference

You are invited to attend
Rural Sociology Society’s Graduate Student Conference 
Monday, October 26th, 2020
Thursday, October 29th, 2020
9:30AM-2:30PM (CST)

We are hosting the 1st Rural Sociology Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held viaZoom on Monday, Oct. 26th and Thursday, Oct. 29th. The conference will run each day from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm (all times are CST). Please be sure to join us Monday morning at 9:30 am for Welcoming Remarks by current RSS President Kai Schafft and President-Elect Dreamal Worthern. The conference program is attached for additional information.

*The Zoom link for attending sessions is located in the conference program. Click here to access the conference program.

For questions, please contact RSS Graduate Student Representatives at [email protected].

Special Membership Announcement

**The Rural Sociological Society is offering a reduced student membership fee for 2021 for any new or renewing student member who joins RSS during the first ever Graduate Student Rural Sociology Conference.  You will receive two-months of membership for the remainder of this year and a complete year of membership in 2021 (ends on December 31, 2021) for $20.00. You must join or renew and pay for your membership between October 25 and October 30, 2020 to be eligible for the reduced 2021 student rate.

Go to to join. Use code: GradConf to receive the 2021 reduced rate. This is a limited time offer. Regular dues rates go into effect on November 1.

PhD assistantship for socio-environmental research on land use change and fire risk in Greece

Dr. Chloe Wardropper (Department of Natural Resources and Society), along with Drs. Aaron Sparks and Luigi Boschetti (Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Science) and Alex Maas (Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology), at University of Idaho, USA, are recruiting a PhD student. The student would conduct quantitative socio-environmental research on drivers of land-use change and associated fire risk in Greece. This project is funded through NASA’s Land-Cover and Land-Use Change program.      

The student will work with Drs. Wardropper and Maas on fulfilling the following objectives:

  • Use spatially explicit multivariate analyses to identify geophysical, socioeconomic, and sociocultural drivers of agricultural land abandonment in Greece, with a focus on cultural identity and family legacy.
  • Use discrete choice or experimental survey methods to identify policies (subsidies, education, behavioral nudges, etc.) most likely to promote fire-conscious land management.
  • Coordinate work with collaborators in Greece, Drs. Ioannis Gitas at University of Thessaloniki and Chariton Kalaitzidis at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
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If you have anything that could be of interest to RSS Members, please email a description to [email protected].