The 85th Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society 
August 2-6, 2023 
University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.
Pursuing Equity and Access in Development – Roles for Rural-Focused Public Scholars
Rural-focused scholars have long engaged in research, education, outreach, and extension efforts that intersect with a range of development issues (under many labels) at the community, regional, national, and even global levels. In our current era of debate over massive investments in physical, technological, and social infrastructures and services coupled with concerns over resilience in the face of climate change and multiple forms of conflict, the theme for the 2023 conference focuses attention on the roles played by rural scholars committed to public engagement and the need to chart pathways for future work. We are collectively positioned to address and amplify equity and access in development to move dialogue forward, issues of ever-growing relevance in these tumultuous and uncertain times.
Submission Process:
Submissions for paper presentations, posters, organized panels, workshops are welcome. Abstracts should be approximately 150-350 words and briefly outline the purpose, conceptual/theoretical framing, methods, and main findings. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday, February 15th, 2023, at 11:59 pm (CST).  Abstracts can be submitted online through the link below.

Program Co-Chairs Stephanie Teixeira-Poit and Kara Woods at [email protected] or the RSS Business Office [email protected], with any questions and ideas for special events you have for the 2023 meeting.

The Rural Sociological Society is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment. We seek and support a diverse and international membership of academics and practitioners who share our interests in rural people and places.