Theoretical Guidelines for a Psychology of Rural Development

F. Landini, N. Long, C. Leeuwis, S. Murtagh

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Many processes related to rural development have a strong psychosocial component. Yet, there exists no specific psychosocial theoretical framework for addressing them. In this paper, then, we present a set of theoretical guidelines for analysing rural development processes and interventions from the perspective of psychology. In doing so, we draw upon an Actor-Oriented Approach and address concepts commonly used in rural development studies, such as human agency, social interfaces, worldviews, rationales and strategies, and explore their psychosocial dimensions. This enables us to advance a psychosocial understanding of the complexity and multi-determination that characterises processes of rural development, and thus in this way to add a new perspective to rural development studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-147
JournalCuadernos de Desarrollo Rural = International Journal of Rural Development
Issue number74
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Actor-oriented approach
  • Farmers
  • Psychosocial perspective
  • Rural development
  • Social interface


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