Rural Accessibility in European Regions
Rural Accessibility in European Regions explores concepts, methodologies, and case studies dealing with accessibility in European rural areas, embracing cultural, socioeconomic, and governance aspects that play a key role for accessibility policies in rural and peripheral areas.
In the first part, the chapters introduce rural accessibility challenges, present a methodology to support policymaking for enhancing accessibility in rural areas and apply it to case studies in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. In the second part, additional cases from Poland, Germany, Greece, and France provide alternative approaches to the topic, and a research agenda is proposed. Overall, the book contributes to a conceptualisation of rural accessibility, addressing challenges and potentials for rural accessibility and urban–rural relationships in European regions.
The book fills a gap in the existing bodies of literature on accessibility and on rural planning, bridging the two spheres with an interdisciplinary approach to rural accessibility for mobility, planning, and regional studies.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Foreword by Luis Camarero and Jesús Oliva
- Rural Accessibility in European Regions: Exploring Uncharted Territory
- Accessibility Challenges in European Rural Regions
- A Multilayer Approach to Support Policymaking Towards Greater Accessibility
- Accessibility and Urban-Rural Connectivity in Marina Alta, Spain: Raising Awareness, Identifying Key Policies
- Accessibility and Social Exclusion in Peripheral Territories: The Case of Scarborough, United Kingdom
- Improving Accessibility to Reverse Marginalisation Processes in Valle Arroscia, Italy
- Commuting and Labour Market Challenges in Swedish Sparsely Populated Areas
- Accessibility Dimensions and Changes in North-Eastern Poland: The Case of Podlaskie Region
- Production Modes, Urban-Rural Relations, and Rural Transport: North Pelion vis-à-vis Volos, Greece
- "Bottom-Up" Mobility Services: Experiences with Community Transport in Germany
- Bridging Tactics and Strategies for Mobility in Mountain Areas: The Example of Briançon, France
- Learning from Experience: Towards a Research Agenda on Rural Accessibility
Part I. Urban-Rural Connectivity: Understanding Phenomena, Framing Policies
Part II. Taking Up the Challenge: Experiences Across EU
"The notion of urban mobility has virtually dominated European transport planning practice and research. This book explores the antipodes of such concept and critically presents to its readers the notion of rural accessibility. What this book begins to show is central for European spatial cohesion policy and, I dare to say, perhaps even for the long-term social and economic viability of the European project."
- António Ferreira, Principal Researcher at CITTA: Centre for Research on Territory, Transports and Environment, University of Porto, Portugal
"This publication provides nuanced insights into the contexts and conditions of rural accessibility in Europe. The interdisciplinary perspectives offered by the authors lead to balanced views and contribute to more equitable and efficient policymaking. The cases and experiences provided are especially relevant for readers in both practice and academia."
- Wendy Tan, Senior lecturer, Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands; Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway