The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)

Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

Understanding the contemporary moment and building alternatives: An invitation to a new initiative

New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless ‘growth’, climate chaos, and social division. The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics.We aim to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are concerned about the current situation, and hopeful about alternatives.

ERPI Framing Paper

The ERPI Framing Paper was published as an article in the Journal of Peasant Studies. Download the paper below.

Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism


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Working Paper Series

We accept Working Paper submissions on a running basis.

Working Papers should be under 10,000 words and need to be in final format, in line with LDPI Working Paper series style. They should relate to one or more of the themes outlined in the framework and provisional questions in the ERPI Framing Paper.

Authoritarian populism and emancipatory politics

Papers that push our theoretical understandings of authoritarian populism and emancipatory politics in rural contexts are encouraged, as are empirical ones that engage with understanding particular contexts and conjectures, and the emergence of alternatives, resistance and mobilizations in all parts of the world, north and south. 

Download the running list of Working Papers below.

Small Grants winners

We have a limited number of small grants available for those aiming to produce Working Papers, allowing perhaps additional fieldwork to supplement work already done. Following a selection procedure, the following researchers have been selected to receive a grant.

Download the small grants winners document below.

Multimedia contributions

We are encouraging brief comment/think pieces in any form. They can be in the form of text blogs, graphic novels, short stories, spoken word poetry, short videos/vlogs, infographics, and discussion notes/provocations. Surprise us!

We will curate a selection of these on our new web space. Please send these in any time, but as with the Working Papers, the deadline for this round is January 1 2018.

We will be encouraging participants to present in a variety of media at our first ERPI conference in March 2018.


Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World - 17-18 March 2018 at ISS

All contributions will be considered for presentation at a major international conference in Europe in early 2018, when a selection of papers will form a core of the presentations. We will also encourage presentations, performances, video showings.

We will be seeking support for travel to this event for those contributing, particularly those from the global South. We expect a number of journal special issues to emerge from this initiative.

The conference will also be a moment for face-to-face interaction and collective planning of next steps for the ERPI.

Useful resources

To widen the debate, and encourage engagement with a broad range of sources, we are creating a web space for links, references and other sources. Take a look at this preliminary compilation of resources.

ERPI Coordinating Team

Ian ScoonesMarc Edelman
Saturnino ‘Jun’ Borras Jr.Wendy Wolford
Ben WhiteJennifer Franco
Lyda FernandaSergio Coronado
Elyse Mills Ruth Hall