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Book Description

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

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Foreword

Editors’ Preface

Acknowledgments

  1. Rural accessibility in European regions. Exploring uncharted territory
  2. Accessibility challenges in European rural regions
  3. Part I. Urban-rural connectivity: understanding phenomena, framing policies

  4. A multilayer approach to support policymaking towards greater accessibility
  5. Accessibility and urban-rural connectivity in Marina Alta, Spain: raising awareness, identifying key policies
  6. Accessibility and social exclusion in peripheral territories: the case of Scarborough, United Kingdom
  7. Improving accessibility to reverse marginalisation processes in Valle Arroscia, Italy
  8. Commuting and labour market challenges in Swedish sparsely populated areas
  9. Part II. Taking up the challenge: experiences across EU

  10. Accessibility dimensions and changes in north-eastern Poland. The case of Podlaskie region
  11. Production Modes, Urban-Rural Relations and Rural Transport: North Pelion vis-à-vis Volos, Greece
  12. "Bottom-up" mobility services: experiences with community transport in Germany
  13. Bridging tactics and strategies for mobility in mountain areas. The example of Briançon, France
  14. Learning from experience. Towards a research agenda on rural accessibility

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Editor(s)

Biography

Elisabetta Vitale Brovarone is postdoctoral research fellow in spatial planning at Politecnico di Torino, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST). Her research focuses on mobility, land use-transport interaction and accessibility. She is also interested in resilience, governance and local development in rural and mountain areas. On these topics, she authored several publications, has had professional experiences and took part to international research projects, among which the COST Action TU1002 Accessibility Instruments for Planning Practice, INTERREG ALCOTRA ARTACLIM – Adaptation and resilience to climate change in mountain areas, ESPON URRUC – Urban-Rural Connectivity in Non-Metropolitan Regions and ESPON METRO – The role and future perspectives of Cohesion Policy in the planning of Metropolitan Areas and Cities.

 

Giancarlo Cotella is associate professor in spatial planning at Politecnico di Torino. His research focuses on European Union Territorial Governance, in particular on the mutual influence between European Spatial Planning and the territorial governance and spatial planning systems of the Member States. He published widely in the international scientific literature and took active part to several international research projects, among which the recent ESPON COMPASS – Comparative analysis of territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe, ESPON URRUC – Urban-Rural Connectivity in Non-Metropolitan Regions, ESPON SUPER – Sustainable Urbanization and Land-use Practices in the European Regions and ESPON METRO – The role and future perspectives of Cohesion Policy in the planning of Metropolitan Areas and Cities.

 

Luca Staricco is Associate Professor in Spatial Planning at Politecnico di Torino. His main research fields are related to interactions between mobility and land use, coordination of spatial and transport planning, transit oriented development, sustainable mobility, liveability of urban spaces, regional and urban resilience. He has been involved in several European research projects, among which EU FP7 POCACITO – Post carbon cities of tomorrow, INTERREG Alcotra ARTACLIM – Adaptation and resilience to climate change in Alpine regions and ESPON URRUC – Urban-Rural Connectivity in Non-Metropolitan Regions.