Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
Sustainable Residential Building Considerations for Rural Areas: A Case Study
Previous Article in Journal
From City- to Site-Dimension: Assessing the Urban Ecosystem Services of Different Types of Green Infrastructure
Previous Article in Special Issue
Analysis of Land-Use Change in Shortandy District in Terms of Sustainable Development
Open AccessArticle

Smart Villages: Where Can They Happen?

Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences, 72 Nowy Świat St., 00-330 Warsaw, Poland
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Land 2020, 9(5), 151; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9050151
Received: 10 April 2020 / Revised: 13 May 2020 / Accepted: 14 May 2020 / Published: 14 May 2020
The European Union is actively promoting the idea of “smart villages”. The increased uptake of new technology and in particular, the use of the internet, is seen as a vital part of strategies to combat rural decline. It is evident that those areas most poorly connected to the internet are those confronted by the greatest decline. The analysis in this paper is based on Poland, which at the time of EU accession had many deeply disadvantaged rural areas. Using fine-grained socio-economic data, an association can be found between weak internet access and rural decline in Poland. The preliminary conclusions about the utility of the smart village concept as a revitalisation tool for rural Poland point to theoretical and methodological dilemmas. Barriers to the concept’s implementation are also observed, although there is a chance they may be overcome with the continued spread of information and communication technologies in rural areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart villages; EU instruments; rural decline; rural areas; information and communication technologies smart villages; EU instruments; rural decline; rural areas; information and communication technologies
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Komorowski, Ł.; Stanny, M. Smart Villages: Where Can They Happen? Land 2020, 9, 151.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
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

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop