MARGISTAR blogs highlight country profiles, featured projects, press releases, and project news. MARGISTAR blogs are the best way to stay up-to-date on MARGISTAR's latest efforts to transform marginalised mountainous regions. The ideas and topics presented in the MARGISTAR blogs are apart of the collaborative effort to bring real-world solutions to the problem of sustainability.

Mapping the Digital Divide: Exploring Andorra one website at a time

By Theo Lynn (Dublin City University) As first seen on Faberllull, follow along as MARGISTAR’s Prof Theo Lynn (Dublin City University) discusses his journey of...

What can marginalised mountainous areas learn from Andorra?

Andorra's model, characterised by high levels of tourism, a highly attractive tax regime, and sustainable land and environmental management within a stable political framework, while desirable, would be complex to replicate. Any such strategy would need to consider the specific geographic location and topology of a given region as well as local nuances and context, not least the political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, legal, and environmental factors discussed above. It would require an unprecedented political will and unity to commit to a multi-government project over several decades. What might that roadmap look like?

Welcoming New Faces to the MARGISTAR Summit: Meet our WG2 Sub-Group Coordinators

The MARGISTAR team is growing! We are thrilled to introduce two new individuals who recently joined our Core Group as Working Group 2 Sub-Group Coordinators, bringing with them a shared commitment to making a positive impact in marginalised mountain areas. As we begin working with Ana Margarida and Stanka, let's take a moment to get to know the aims and tasks of Working Group 2, the role of a Sub-Group Coordinator, and more about these newest additions to our COST Action’s leadership.

MARGISTAR Launches First Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

MARGISTAR launches its first call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) for Missions occurring between May 1 and September 30, 2024.

MARGISTAR Launches Third Call for Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) Conference Grant Applications

MARGISTAR is launching its third call for Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) Conference Grants for conferences occurring between May 1, 2024 until September 30, 2024. All applications must be made before the deadline on March 17, and all activities must occur before September 30, 2024.

Introducing MARGISTAR’s Second Call for Dissemination Conference Grants

MARGISTAR is launching its second call for Dissemination Conference Grants for conferences occurring between May 1, 2024, and September 30, 2024. All applications must be made before the deadline on March 17, and all activities must occur before September 30, 2024.

Poster Perfect: Sticking Ideas at Dublin City University’s Engaged Research Festival

This December, MARGISTAR’s Antonia Egli presented the COST Action’s research poster at Dublin City University’s Engaged Research Festival, hosted by DCU’s Centre for Engaged Research. In this blog, the Centre’s Coordinator, Luke Quinlan, takes a closer look at the meaning and potential of engaged research, as well as the challenges and barriers associated with its practices. 

Exploring Mountainous Areas in the Land of Eagles: Opportunities for Rural Development in Albania

Albania is known for its diverse landscapes that collectively contribute to the country’s natural beauty, biodiversity, and cultural heritage. Albania’s mountains in particular present excellent opportunities for sustainable rural tourism and ecological conservation, but also pose challenges to local communities. This blog provides a comprehensive overview of the marginalised mountain ranges of Albania and dives into the diverse set of social, economic, and ecological challenges they face. We also introduce promising emerging solutions ranging from sustainable tourism initiatives that bring about economic opportunities, to infrastructure improvements and agricultural revitalisation initiatives that support niche agricultural products.

From Peaks to Policy: MARGISTAR’s Working Group 1 Visits the Mountains of Albania

MARGISTAR has been out and about this autumn. Shortly after a first in-person meeting with Working Group 2 in Türkiye, Working Group 1 members met in Albania this October. Read on for a short overview of our COST Action meeting, along with a glimpse of the Albanian peaks and valleys we were lucky to visit.

Carpathian Futures – Critical Transitions: MARGISTAR at the Forum Carpaticum 2023

The 7th Forum Carpaticum, themed "Carpathian Futures – Critical Transitions," took place in Krakow, Poland, from the 25th to 28th of September 2023. Held biennially, this conference embraces an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, promoting sustainable and eco-friendly solutions for the Carpathians and other mountain regions. One of its primary objectives this year was to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration among diverse stakeholders, addressing pressing transitions.