1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning

ISBN 9781138104051
Published January 30, 2019 by Routledge
670 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning provides a critical account and state of the art review of rural planning in the early years of the twenty-first century.

Looking across different international experiences – from Europe, North America and Australasia to the transition and emerging economies, including BRIC and former communist states – it aims to develop new conceptual propositions and theoretical insights, supported by detailed case studies and reviews of available data. The Companion gives coverage to emerging topics in the field and seeks to position rural planning in the broader context of global challenges: climate change, the loss of biodiversity, food and energy security, and low carbon futures. It also looks at old, established questions in new ways: at social and spatial justice, place shaping, economic development, and environmental and landscape management. Planning in the twenty-first century must grapple not only with the challenges presented by cities and urban concentration, but also grasp the opportunities – and understand the risks – arising from rural change and restructuring. Rural areas are diverse and dynamic. This Companion attempts to capture and analyse at least some of this diversity, fostering a dialogue on likely and possible rural futures between a global community of rural planning researchers.

Primarily intended for scholars and graduate students across a range of disciplines, such as planning, rural geography, rural sociology, agricultural studies, development studies, environmental studies and countryside management, this book will prove to be an invaluable and up-to-date resource.

Table of Contents

1 New horizons in rural planning Mark Scott, Nick Gallent and Menelaos Gkartzios

PART I Concepts and foundations


2 Defining rurality and the scope of rural planning Nick Gallent and Menelaos Gkartzios

3 The evolution of rural planning in the Global North Mark B. Lapping and Mark Scott;

4 Rural planning in an emerging economy: India Hemalata Dandekar;

5 Sustainable and resilient ruralities Guy M. Robinson;

6 Production, consumption and protection: the multifunctional transition in rural planning Kathryn I. Frank and Michael Hibbard;

7 Land, property and reform Peter Hetherington;

8 Legal enforcement of spatial and environmental injustice: rural targeting and exploitation Loka Ashwood, Katherine MacTavish and Dalton Richardson;

PART II The state and rural governance


9 Rurality and multi-level governance: marginal rural areas inciting community governance Bettina B. Bock;

10 The neoliberal countryside Matthew Tonts and Julia Horsley;

11 Market-based instruments and rural planning in America Tom Daniels;

12 Community ownership of rural assets: the case of community land trusts Tom Moore;

13 The dark side of community: clientelism, corruption and legitimacy in rural planning Linda Fox-Rogers;

PART III Planning for the rural economy


14 Revisiting neo-endogenous rural development Menelaos Gkartzios and Philip Lowe;

15 Regional planning and rural development: evidence from the OECD John Tomaney, Tamara Krawchenko and Chris McDonald;

16 Rural planning and the financial crisis Apostolos G. Papadopoulos;

17 Rural innovation and small business development Paul Cowie, Pattanapong Tiwasing, Jeremy Phillipson and Matthew Gorton;

18 The creative class doing business in the countryside: networking to overcome the rural Lise Herslund;

19 Payments for ecosystem services and the rural economy Meri Juntti;

20 Spatial planning and the rural economy Mark Scott;

PART IV Social change and planning


21 Rural population geographies in the changing differentiated countryside Darren P. Smith, Martin Phillips, Chloe Kinton and Andreas Culora;

22 Housing and sustainable rural communities Nick Gallent and Mark Scott;

23 Second homes, housing consumption and planning responses Chris Paris;

24 Community health planning: rural responses to change Sue Kilpatrick, Stuart Auckland and Jessica Woodroffe;

25 Mobilities, accessibility and social justice Jesús Oliva and Luís Camarero;

26 Art as rural planning inquiry Julie Crawshaw;

PART V Planning the inclusive countryside


27 Social inclusion, identities and planning practice Madhu Satsangi and Menelaos Gkartzios;

28 Planning the farmyard: gender implications Sally Shortall;

29 Queerying rural planning Petra L. Doan and Daniel P. Hubbard;

30 Planning for an ageing countryside Mark Bevan;

PART VI Rural settlement, planning and design


31 Rural infrastructures Nick Gallent;

32 Settlement, strategy and planning John Sturzaker;

33 The complementarity of participatory and strategic village planning Michael Murray;

34 Village design and distinctiveness Arthur Parkinson;

35 Conserving rural heritage: the cases of England and Ireland Arthur Parkinson and John Pendlebury;

36 Contours and challenges of rural change in transition economies: the case of China Karita Kan;

37 Planning strategically in light of rural decline: experiences from Denmark Anne Tietjen and Gertrud Jørgensen;

PART VII Landscape, amenity and the rural environment


38 National parks as countryside management: a twenty-first-century dilemma Jonathan Bell and Aileen Stockdale;

39 Participatory methods for identifying cultural heritage landscapes Michael Drescher, Robert Feick, Christopher DeGeer and Robert Shipley;

40 The future of green belts Laura E. Taylor;

41 Rediscovering the rural–urban fringe: a hybrid opportunity space for rural planning Alister Scott;

42 Integrating green infrastructure within landscape perspectives to planning Ian Mell;

43 Landscape and wellbeing Mike Rogerson, Valerie Gladwell, Jules Pretty and Jo Barton;

44 Rewilding as rural land management: opportunities and constraints Mick Lennon;

PART VIII Energy and resources Introduction;

45 Post-carbon ruralities Martin Phillips and Jennifer Dickie;

46 Planning for rural communities and major renewable energy infrastructure Lucy Natarajan;

47 Hydraulic fracturing in rural communities: local realities and resistance Michiel Köhne and Elisabet Dueholm Rasch;

48 Mineral extraction and fragile landscapes Mozart Fazito, Mark Scott and Paula Russell;

49 Food security and planning Andrew Butt;

50 Land grabbing and rural governance in the former Soviet Union Oane Visser and Max Spoor;

PART IX Reflections and futures


51 Reframing rural planning: multilevel governance to address climate change George C. Homsy and Mildred E. Warner;

52 Rural governance and power structures: strategies for negotiating uneven power between local interests and external actors Amanda McMillan Lequieu and Michael M. Bell;

53 The future of rural places Michael Woods;

54 Planning rural futures Mark Scott, Nick Gallent and Menelaos Gkartzios

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Mark Scott is Professor of Planning at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Nick Gallent is Professor of Housing and Planning and Head of the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK.

Menelaos Gkartzios is Senior Lecturer in Planning and Development at Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy, UK.


"Despite today’s intensifying globalisation, the traits of rural areas and perspectives of rural planning are still highly varied in different countries. The comprehensive scope of Companion to Rural Planning well captures such multiplicity of contemporary rural areas. The richly detailed essays in the companion provide a range of new insights about economy, social changes, energy and resources in today’s rural society. The companion will offer a valuable intellectual stimulus not only to scholars, but also actors engaged in rural development in Asian countries including Japan, where rural planning is generally lagging." - Tokumi Odagiri, Professor of Rural Policy and Governance, Meiji University, Japan

"The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning presents 54 chapters on the complex relationship between planning and rural land uses. Covering a huge variety of topics, the Companion is an invaluable source of information on the economic, social, legal, and political aspects of life in the countryside. This book is an excellent contribution to planning literature!" - Ben Davy, Professor of Land Policy, Land Management, and Municipal Geoinformation, University of Dortmund, Germany

"This is a hugely impressive tome that fully succeeds in its aim of arguing for the reinvention of rural planning. The editors’ passionate belief in this recasting of rural planning shines through at every stage, not just in their opening and closing chapters and their introductions to each of the books’ nine sections but also in their input to seven of the other 52 chapters and getting on board 77 other contributors from 21 countries to provide critical reviews of the current state of play. This book should be essential reading for all those involved in rural planning and, because of its espousal of holistic approaches, it deserves to be read by urban planners too and indeed by everyone concerned with the future of Planet Earth." - Tony Champion, Emeritus Professor of Population Geography, Newcastle University, UK 

"The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning is a brilliant piece of work! This 'state-of-the-art' book is essential reading for anyone in either research or practice with an interest in rural vitalization and integrated rural and urban planning. The book presents a particularly useful focus on rural planning issues across developing countries." - Hualou Long, Professor of Human Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

"Providing an inclusive perspective, The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning provides a fresh approach to analyzing rural realities. This edited volume should be mandatory reading for all planning curriculum whether it is in a rural-, regional- or urban-focused program. Not only is this book an outstanding resource for researchers, but it is an eye opening read for practicing planners, sociologists, and rural studies faculty and students. READ IT! You will never look at the countryside in the same way again." - Ann Ziebarth, Professor of Housing Studies, University of Minnesota, USA