Next Article in Journal
Differences in the Efficiency of the Vertical Transfer of Windblown Sediment over Different Ploughed Surfaces during Wind Erosion Events
Next Article in Special Issue
Expert-Based Maps as a Regional Planning Tool Supporting Nature Conservation and Production-Integrated Compensation—A German Case Study on Biodiversity Offsets
Previous Article in Journal
Geomorphological Hazard in Active Tectonics Area: Study Cases from Sibillini Mountains Thrust System (Central Apennines)
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Nexus between Creative Actors and Regional Development

Transitioning towards a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy—Implications for Rural–Urban Relations

HELSUS—Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, Department of Economics and Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo (CCDR-LVT), 1269-053 Lisbon, Portugal
Department of Agriculture, University of Pisa, Food and Environment (DAFE), I-56124 Pisa, Italy
Regionalmanagement Steirischer Zentralraum, A-8010 Graz, Austria
Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham GL50 2RH, UK
Oikos, Sustainable Development, Inc., SI-1241 Ljubljana-Kamnik, Slovenia
Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland
Institute of Local Development, University of València, ES-46010 València, Spain
Baltic Studies Centre, LV-1014 Rīga, Latvia
Municipality of Ede, NL-6877 Ede, The Netherlands
Rural Sociology Group (RSO), Section Space, Place and Society (SPS), Wageningen University, NL-6700 HB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Before: Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth SY23 3FL, UK.
Academic Editors: Stephan Bartke and Sigrun Kabisch
Land 2021, 10(5), 512;
Received: 28 March 2021 / Revised: 26 April 2021 / Accepted: 6 May 2021 / Published: 11 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban-Rural-Partnerships: Sustainable and Resilient)
This article focuses on the question of how a shift from a narrow economic perspective to a wider sustainable wellbeing focus in regional development strategies and actions might change rural–urban relations. A brief review of relevant research and discourses about economic development models provides the foundation for the analysis. The review leads to the development of an analytical framework that puts the notion of sustainable wellbeing at its center. The criteria included in the analytical framework are then used to assess the current situation, challenges and perceived ways forward based on data and analyses from 11 European regions. The focus of the analysis is on different expressions of a sustainable wellbeing economy, and aspects of territorial development that are consistent with the basic features of a wellbeing economy are identified. Development dynamics and tensions between different development goals and resource uses, strategies and actions that are in favor of sustainable wellbeing goals, and conditions for more mutually beneficial rural–urban relationships are discussed. The article concludes with the implications for local government, and governance and policy frameworks. Reference is made to current high-level strategic policy frameworks and the European Green Deal. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable wellbeing; rural–urban relations; land management; local government; governance; policy; case studies; Europe sustainable wellbeing; rural–urban relations; land management; local government; governance; policy; case studies; Europe
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Knickel, K.; Almeida, A.; Galli, F.; Hausegger-Nestelberger, K.; Goodwin-Hawkins, B.; Hrabar, M.; Keech, D.; Knickel, M.; Lehtonen, O.; Maye, D.; Ruiz-Martinez, I.; Šūmane, S.; Vulto, H.; Wiskerke, J.S.C. Transitioning towards a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy—Implications for Rural–Urban Relations. Land 2021, 10, 512.

AMA Style

Knickel K, Almeida A, Galli F, Hausegger-Nestelberger K, Goodwin-Hawkins B, Hrabar M, Keech D, Knickel M, Lehtonen O, Maye D, Ruiz-Martinez I, Šūmane S, Vulto H, Wiskerke JSC. Transitioning towards a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy—Implications for Rural–Urban Relations. Land. 2021; 10(5):512.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Knickel, Karlheinz, Alexandra Almeida, Francesca Galli, Kerstin Hausegger-Nestelberger, Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins, Mojca Hrabar, Daniel Keech, Marina Knickel, Olli Lehtonen, Damian Maye, Irune Ruiz-Martinez, Sandra Šūmane, Hans Vulto, and Johannes S.C. Wiskerke. 2021. "Transitioning towards a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy—Implications for Rural–Urban Relations" Land 10, no. 5: 512.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Back to TopTop