BAB 020/19: The role of women in vivid rural areas

Initial situation

Unequal living conditions and a lack of prospects are causing young and better-educated people, including many young women, to leave their rural region of origin. The associated "brain drain" will become even more apparent in the coming years. In some places, there may also be shifts in the regional gender proportions. Returning to or moving to rural regions represents a challenge for many, often well-educated women, particularly in terms of employment, social environment and integration as well as independent living.


his project analyzes factors and framework conditions for vital rural areas in the sense of living social organisms from a gender-specific perspective. Motives and causes for the increased migration of young women from peri-phere regions are identified and everyday conditions and existing structural disadvantages are considered. What conditions are needed to ensure that the quality of life for women of all age groups in rural regions is such that their prospects of staying and returning increase? How do women deal with their everyday conditions and existing structural disadvantages in their region? What innovative solutions and processes of rural development are they involved in and what potential for change do they have in the area of social and rural innovations and in the development of new business areas? How do they fare in terms of collaboration and networking with a wide range of cooperation partners, creating income and employment opportunities close to home and strengthening social cohesion in the villages? Of particular interest here is how the diverse and indispensable services of women can be used as endogenous resources for the sustainable and dynamic development of rural areas.

Work 2024

IIn 2023, the coded verbal data from the 46 qualitative interviews conducted were processed and contextualized using the MAXQDA analysis program. The analysis work will be completed by the end of 2023. The results will be published in the form of a research report. In 2024, the exploitation work on the project will be carried out.


Project start: 01/2019
Project end: 12/2024

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Project Leader


Mag.a Theresia OEDL-Wieser

Rural Sociology and Library



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