Regionally rooted, globally linked

The Institute of Rural History (IRH), founded in 2002 in St. Pölten, is an independent research institute which deals with rural work and life in different times and spaces.

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The IRH undertakes research on rural environmental, economic, political, social and cultural history of (Lower) Austria, Europe and the world.

The IRH's research focuses on the relations of people among themselves and with their natural and social environments.

The IRH aims at fostering the scientific discourse across boundaries as well as communicating its insights to the wider public.

Regionally rooted, globally linked