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Due to the escalating COVID-19 containment measures including restrictions on both travel and gatherings, this World Congress is to be postponed for a period of approximately twelve months. We will be advising the rescheduled dates, processes for refunding or rolling over registration fees, and management of abstract submission. Thank you for your patience as we work our way through the practicalities of these matters. IRSA 2020 Committee – 18MAR2020

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Rural sustainability in the urban century

XV World Congress of Rural Sociology, 8-12 July 2020, Cairns, Australia

Whose versions of sustainability count in the urban century? How does spatial disadvantage intersect with injustices based on gender, ethnic, linguistic, religious and other dimensions of social difference? What opportunities do flows of people, capital, information and commodities between urban and rural spaces present for sustainable rural development?

As a delegate to the 2020 World Congress of Rural Sociology you will consider these and many other questions relevant to contemporary rural society. Our venue, Cairns, sits on the traditional country of the Gimuy Yidinji and Yirrigandji peoples. Sandwiched between two World Heritage Areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of Tropical North Queensland – and with a vast rural hinterland, Cairns is a hub for tourism and tropical agriculture at the heart of the Asia Pacific.