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The increased use of digital tools is opening for new innovations and forms of entrepreneurship all over the world. In what has been rural and geographically peripheral areas digitalisation meets other challenges when innovations and change takes other forms. The urban contexts, with dens population, economic growth and creative innovations, are often seen as the norms for entrepreneurial development. People, firms, public service and other organisations in rural and peripheral areas have had different pre-conditions.

Digitalisation can overbridge physical distances, and the inhabitants in rural areas may reach almost the same services, resources and meeting points as in urban contexts. Through digitalisation and the access of digital services and new innovations we can see that rural and urban lifestyles are becoming more alike. Physical distances are therefore no longer a restriction in the same extent in the everyday life-patterns of the inhabitants in rural areas.

This is changing not only what can be made in rural context, but the actual meaning of the rural. Innovations can here be driven in new ways for new demands, and entrepreneurs on the markets, in public and social organisations finds ways to reconstruct the rural.

We are welcoming case studies as well as conceptual discussions on how people, organisations and communities in rural and peripheral areas use digitalisation to leveraging the potential of local resources and create, what they consider as, growth. We are in particular looking for contributions based on qualitative studies and bottom-up, or inside-out perspectives, to make the voices of the rural perspective heard and visualized. We are especially interested in how we can use time-geographically methods to understand both the outer and inner worlds of the people in real world periphery. 

Chairs:
Dr. 
Magdalena Cedering, (magdalena.cedering@edu.uu.se) Department of Education, Uppsala University, Mrs Kristin Winander (kristin.winander@liu.se) and Professor Elin Wihlborg (elin.wihlborg@liu.se) both at the Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University Sweden.

Updated by Rebecca Olsson