One of the strengths of the Sustainable Hub to Engage in Rural Policies with Actors (SHERPA) is the inclusion of three societal actor groups in rural multi-actor platforms: science, society and policy.
Such science-society-policy interfaces are expressions of a changed understanding of governance in the 21st century. Throughout Europe and the world, there are numerous examples of different multi-actor platform constellations, topics and aims. This implies a real trend towards inclusive, community-based approaches to governance. These interfaces can contribute to, among others, strengthened resilience and economic competitiveness for rural areas. How can we ensure a sustainable engagement within SHERPA?