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1st Edition

Rural-Urban Linkages for Sustainable Development

ISBN 9780367255039
Published September 29, 2020 by Routledge
280 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book critically examines different forms of urban-rural links for sustainable development in different countries.

As intertwined processes of globalization, digitalization, environmental challenges and the search for sustainable development continue, rural and urban areas around the world become increasingly interconnected and interdependent. This book contributes to understanding the role of this growing interconnectedness from an economic geographical perspective. It does so by theoretically and empirically addressing the various existing linkages, such as food networks, value chains, and regional governance at local, regional, national and international levels. In doing so, contributions extend and contrast existing approaches dealing with urban and rural areas separately by considering the interplay between these two as well as their consequences for sustainability transition pathways. This edited volume adds to the academic and policy debate by bringing together a variety of concepts and themes in order to shift the research and policy agenda away from simple dichotomy to different notions of rural-urban linkages.

Offering multidisciplinary insights into rural-urban linkages, the book will be of interest to decision-makers, practitioners and researchers in the fields of economic geography, regional planning, food studies and economics.

Table of Contents

1. Rural–Urban Linkages for Sustainable Development – An Introduction
Armin Kratzer, Jutta Kister

Part 1: Transitions, Transformation and Rural-Urban Linkages

2. Rural-Urban Linkages, Agri-Food Sustainability, Ethics and the Circular Economy
Damian Maye

3. Agribusiness, Rural-Urban Relations and Social-Ecological Transformation: The Case of the Sinop Region in Northern Mato Grosso
Martin Coy, Tobias Töpfer & Frank Zirkl

4. The Challenges Posed by UN-Habitat’s Rural-Urban Linkages in a Sustainability Transition Agenda: The Case of the Christchurch, New Zealand Rebuild
Gordon M. Winder & Sahar Hofmann

Part 2: Rural-Urban Differences

5. Rural-Urban Differences in Online Advertisements of Second-Hand Goods. The Case of Dutch People on Marktplaats
Joris Galema and Eveline van Leeuwen

6. Urban and Rural Labour Markets in Andalusia: Are They So Different?
Mercedes Rodríguez, José A. Camacho and Jesús Molina

7. What Kind of Space Matters in Urban – Rural Heterogeneity? Managing Space in Organizational Entrepreneurship
Piotr Pachura

Part 3: Rural-Urban Linkages and Their Impacts

8. The Rise of Craft Beer and Its Impact on Demand for Local Hops
Neil Reid, Stephan J. Goetz, Elizabeth Dobis, Paul D. Gottlieb, Anil Hira

9. Development of Alternative Food Networks in the Peri-Urban Areas of Istanbul
Senem Kozaman, Ebru Seçkin

10. Role of Rural-Urban Linkages in Local Development: A Comparative Study on Two Rural Settlements in Bangladesh
Md. Zakir Hossain, Abu Sayed and Md. Ashiq Ur Rahman

Part 4: Governance and Rural-Urban Linkages

11. 'Smart Region' as Governance for Innovation: Cooperative Approaches in Hamburg-Southern Elbe Region
Galya Vladova & Jörg Knieling

12. A Critical Analysis of Rural Tourism Policy: Niksar-Çamiçi Plateau Secondary Residential Area (Turkey)
Fadim Yavuz & Rahman Öncüer

13. How Do Beneficiaries Perform Rurality and How Does It Become Economy-Dependent?
Marcin Wójcik & Oskar Wolski

14. Conclusion
Jutta Kister, Armin Kratzer

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Armin Kratzer works at the Department of Geography of the University of Innsbruck and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on protected areas, civil society initiatives and innovations for sustainability transitions in rural and urban areas.

Jutta Kister is a human geographer, working at the University of Innsbruck. She is investigating in economic geography topics with emphasis on sustainable provision and consumption of food and agricultural resources. She published on alternative-value-chains and fair trade networks and governance in sustainability transitions.