Fernando Pablo Landini

Norman Ernest Long

Cees Leeuwis

Sofía Murtagh


Many processes related to rural development have a strong psychosocial component. Yet, there exists nospecific psychosocial theoretical framework for addressing them. In this paper, then, we present a set oftheoretical guidelines for analysing rural development processes and interventions from the perspective ofpsychology. In doing so, we draw upon an Actor-Oriented Approach and address concepts commonly usedin 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 thecomplexity and multi-determination that characterises processes of rural development, and thus in this wayto add a new perspective to rural development studies.



actor-oriented approach, farmers, rural development, social interface, psychosocial perspective

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Landini, F., Long, N., Leeuwis, C., & Murtagh, S. (2014). Theoretical Guidelines for a Psychology of Rural Development. Cuadernos De Desarrollo Rural, 11(74), 125-147. https://doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.CRD11-74.tgpr
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