The relevance of my work to society is evident in my outreach activities. I continue to receive invitations locally and internationally to participate in research networks and projects; to evaluate research projects; and to contribute to policy development. Most recently I was invited to join the UK wide Research Information Network, an initiative of the UK Funding Councils to address the information and research needs of researchers through project work and also by influencing policy. In addition I am involved in a number of international research networks including the European Society for Rural Sociology, QUCAN International Rural Research Network and the Scottish Academy of Rural Policy. At a more local level I am vice-chair of the NI Rural Development Council and a member of NISRAs Steering Group to oversee the Review of Measures of Spatial Deprivation. I am also an expert evaluator for different European bodies including the European Commission and the European Science Foundation. As a result I have evaluated Research Framework applications as well as representing the European Standing Committee on Social Sciences at research seminars.