The concept of sustainable development is interpreted in many different ways, but its vital perspective towards development is to balance different, and often competing, needs against recognition of the environmental, social and economic limitations as a society. The ability of an economy to support a defined level of economic production indefinitely is Economic sustainability.
Rural areas have undergone fundamental social, economic and technical alteration in the last few decades as a result of ongoing and new changes including demographic and environmental policy and institutional landscape. AFBI Economics work is focused in bringing balanced sustainability in rural areas of Northern Ireland. AFBI research concentrate on projects improving economic-wellbeing of people living in rural areas.
- Improving economic outcomes rural development by strengthening the links between evidence, strategy and funding management
- Developing More Effective Rural Proofing and Rural Champion Models
- Contribution of rural areas to the Northern Ireland Economy
- Analysis of the demand for broadband for rural Northern Ireland
- Up-skilling within the Northern Ireland farming sector. An assessment of the effectiveness of alternative models for delivering training and life-long learning within the Northern Ireland agriculture sector
- Spatial rural economic development