About Free Range

Free Range is an international network aimed at fostering ‘rural’ research skills for students and early career researchers. It has a focus on social research, and effectively engaging with rural communities to ensure that research is relevant and accessible. Free Range connects partners in Europe, Canada and Australia through face to face and virtual workshops. The network includes the students themselves (who may come from any institution), academic partners, and rural communities. The Free Range program for 2022-2025 focuses on research that will support effective local implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on social SDGs.

Free Range 2022 is sponsored by the Swedish Research Council (Formas) Cities of the North project and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Rural R:ISK project in Canada.



Dean Carson, Umeå University

Doris Carson, Umeå University

Andreas Koch, Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Paul Peters, Carleton University


Malin Holmström-Rising, Mid-Sweden University

Annika Kjällman-Alm, Mid-Sweden University

Olav Muurlink, Central Queensland University

Project Funding



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