Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are affected by and 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.

Key document: Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism

ERPI Working Paper Series

In 2017-2018, thirty-three groups of researchers from around the world were selected through a highly competitive process to receive a grant to support the production of a working paper for the ERPI process. You can learn more about the researchers and review their abstracts here.

In addition, scholars from around the world submitted Working Papers in preparation for the 2018 Conference “Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World”. View the papers, organized by region:


See here the details on the Conference 2018: 'Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World'.

“The ERPI Collective published a series of popular articles in collaboration with OpenDemocracy Collective. These can be viewed here, or at OpenDemocracy.