The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)

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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

Useful resources

A new resource hosted by openDemocracy explores how authoritarian populism has taken hold, and how rural people are responding to it. A series of videos and articles features perspectives from scholars and activists from around the world.

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.

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.

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!


In March, ERPI held its first conference on 'Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World'. This international conference focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics.

The papers presented at the conference are available for download on the conference page.

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