1st Edition

Rural Regeneration in the UK

By Simon Pemberton Copyright 2019
    214 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Rural Regeneration in the UK provides an accessible yet critical overview of rural regeneration policy and governance in the UK. It charts the key patterns and processes of rural change since 1945 and the emergence and evolution of rural regeneration policy and governance in shaping rural spaces. A key objective of the book is to highlight how, and to what extent, rural regeneration policy and governance are responsive to an increasingly differentiated and uneven rural economy and society.

    Part One considers the context for rural regeneration, including theoretical frameworks of relevance and the ways in which rural regeneration policy and governance have been framed. In particular, it includes a consideration of how the rural has been made ‘thinkable’, and the extent to which this has moved beyond traditional concerns with agricultural development. Part Two highlights the key dimensions and spaces of rural regeneration. This includes responses to rural change from ‘within the rural’, including community-led approaches, the use of culture and the extent to which approaches may be converging or diverging within a devolved UK.

    Rural Regeneration in the UK provides a comprehensive and integrated analysis of responses to rural change that will appeal to a broad audience of students, scholars and practitioners both in the UK and abroad.

    Section I. Framing Rural Regeneration Policy and Governance 1. Introduction: The Context for Rural Regeneration 2. Rural Regeneration Policy 3. Rural Regeneration Governance Section II. Key Dimensions and Spaces of Rural Regeneration 4. Rural Community Regeneration 5. The Role of Culture in Delivering Regeneration in Rural Areas 6. Devolution in the United Kingdom and Rural Regeneration 7. Conclusion


    Simon Pemberton is Professor of Human Geography at Keele University, UK. His academic work has a strong policy application and bridges the geography–planning–public policy interface. He has research interests in rural regeneration, rural and community planning, and the rescaling of the state. He has published widely in all of these areas.

    "This book makes a timely and valuable intervention in the rural-urban debate through the lens of ‘rural regeneration’ by providing a critical and multifaceted overview of rural policy changes over time. It highlights the challenges and opportunities through the examination of policy developments, power hierarchies and governance in different parts of the UK from national to local." Dr Philomena de Lima, Director, Centre for Remote and Rural Studies , University of the Highlands and Islands, UK

    "This text is an informative and insightful consideration of rural regeneration at a time when rural planning and development strategy in the UK is at a cross roads. It will no doubt be a key point of reference for both rural geographers and those concerned with the shifting direction of rural development policy more broadly. Highly recommended." Jesse Heley, Aberystwyth University, UK