The Laboratory of Rural Space covers educational and research needs in the fields of development and planning of regional areas, emphasizing:
a. In the elaboration of integrated local development and territorial strategies in rural areas on every scale (community, municipality, intramunicipality regional, etc).
b. In the evolution of the territorial development model, focusing:
- on the methodology of identification, emergence and enhancement of local territorial resources through adapted action plans with integrated character, which incorporates the local social capital and the diaspora,
- on the improvement of the role of the local actors in the participated process for the elaboration of a development plan by the diagnosis, until the conformation of actions and their application operational planning,
- on the organisation of territorial governance and active participation in planning and application of the territorial public action (bottom – up planning of multi-sectoral and multi-funded programs).
c. The development of small towns in rural areas.
d. The contribution of new technologies (geo-informatics science) in the creation of spatial analysis tools and construction of specific territorial resources.