TASTE project
The TASTE project
Towards A Smart Rural Europe
Rural-urban relationships and territorial governance for European rural development
A pluri-disciplinary research project supported by the European Commission and funding bodies in 4 countries in the framework of FP7 and the RURAGRI ERA-NET
Aims and objectives
To produce new policy-relevant knowledge on conditions for and factors behind rural development, which can be used for upgrading rural development policy at local/regional, national and European levels
To shed light on the possible role played by rural areas in the regional dynamics of Europe, with regards to the orientations assigned by the Horizon 2020 strategy and the smart development policies.
Main challenges
1) What is the future of European rural areas given the increasing growth and influence of urban areas? Is there any future outside the old framework of agricultural development?
2) Are there smart issues for rural areas in Europe? Are the issues of business, tourism, nature, peri-urbanisation or even agriculture at stake?
3) Which issue in which zone? Regarding the diversity of rural areas, do we need to target specific issues related to peculiar places, in accordance with place based and smart development policies?
4) Does these new issues impact land use occupation? Competition between various land use occupations? Conflicts and tensions?
5) What system of territorial governance in order to manage this complexity? Tools for local stakeholders and policy-makers?
Taste general organization
TASTE  general organization
Scientific methodology
A three-step approach
1 – Conceptual framework and Data setting. EDORA data base will be used:

- to build a comprehensive data set about various land uses figures in European rural and peri-urban regions
- to collect and merge main economic, technical and social figures concerning the large regions including our case studies
Two typologies will be provided: a first one identifying the main drivers of smart development in various types of rural areas in the EU (WP1); a second one on land use competition figures in peri-urban and rural areas (WP2).
2 – Case studies: in depth analysis
In depth analysis through 14 case studies will be settled, with two purposes:

- perform enquiries in order to collect data and information socio-economic processes and actors’ behaviors
- use them as models of transfer of knowledge, and laboratories of our applications of the participatory principles.
This work will be done on two main topics: analysis of patterns of urban/peri-urban agriculture and impact on territorial development (WP3); analysis of patterns of business activities and impact on territorial development (WP4).

3 – Knowledge transfer

Co-building of development principles, governance tools and policy recommendations, will be the aim of the TASTE dissemination strategy (WP5) based on our experience of partnership research project experienced for 15 years in the French PSDR program. Stakeholders of the case studies will be involved in this co-building process.
A valorization strategy will be elaborate to disseminate TASTE results both in the academic field and by promoting governance tools and land use management tools, as well as manuals of methodological itinerary to final users (WP6).
Expected results
  • 1) Assessment about the links between rural and urban areas
  • 2) Land use occupations figures and land use conflicts in selected areas
  • 3) Identification of the main peculiarities of selected areas with regards to smart development principles
  • 4) Idiosyncratic types of development related to the areas peculiarities. What is “smart” for these areas?
  • 5) Governance tools for local stakeholders
  • 6) Recommendations for future development of rural areas
Leaflet TASTEUpload Leaflet TASTE
TASTE is supported by the European Commission
and funding bodies in 4 countries
in the framework of FP7
European Commission FP7 Ruragri
Keywords Smart rural development - Land use and management - Innovative agriculture and business - Territorial governance
- Entrepreneurship - Rural Urban relationship

Scientific Coordinator : André TORRE (INRA) - torre@agroparistech.fr
Project Manager : Frederic WALLET (INRA) - wallet@agroparistech.fr