CIER is a space for reflection and analysis on the importance of rural areas and populations in the transformation process of contemporary societies. The increasing interconnection and global development rely on agrarian production, environmental and touristic uses, and the acute migratory flows affecting rural populations. The increase in the number of relationships between territories and communities deepens and emphasizes the diversity of circumstances, activities, and forms of social organization, in addition to new areas of social and economic inequality. In this context, it is paramount to analyze the recent transformations in agrarian and agri-food production methods; the development of value chains and productive enclaves; resource management and environmental conflict; the reshaping of local and ethno-territorial identities; transnational migration and job insecurity; and finally, the socioeconomic conditions of rural populations, and the role and effects of welfare policies. The Congress encourages debate from a transnational and transdisciplinary point of view. Its objective is to position rurality at the center of political agendas to have an impact on future measures and courses of action, emphasizing the transformative potential of rurality, including its role as a place for living. Its motto, “Constructing today’s rurality: territories for life”, welcomes responses from ten different areas of work.

In this XIII edition, the CIER aims to become a pacesetter in the field of Rural Studies. It discusses rurality in a context of progressive regional interconnection, where it acts as a great force of change in society in pursuit of collective well-being. On this occasion, ALASRU (Latin America) embraces scientific associations from Portugal (SPER), Brazil (SOBER), Spain (AEEA and Sociología-FES, SEHA), and Mexico (AMER).

The first edition of the Colloquium was celebrated in 1988 Evora (Portugal) with the intent of generating a transborder meeting place. Over the years, the Congress has welcomed more organizations. In 2016, the XI Edition in Vila-Real (Portugal) had numerous contributions from researchers from Brazil and other Latin American countries. In 2018, the twelfth reunion was celebrated in Segovia (Spain), where the participating organizations decided to transform the CIER into the Ibero-Latin American Congress of Rural Studies with the objective of promoting and developing a common space for Rural Studies.