Special Issue "Sustainable Rural Development: Strategies, Good Practices and Opportunities"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2020.
Interests: human geography; rural development; demography; geographic information systems
Interests: human geography; rural development; demography
The urban concentration has intensified worldwide in recent decades, causing a progressive and widespread exodus of the rural environment and the abandonment of these areas with consequent agriculture, environment, heritage, and leisure resource deterioration. The environmental and socio-economic transformations have been very intense in these “fields” that are gradually left deserted, and cities have become increasingly unsustainable due to their populations growing in an accelerated and disorderly way.
There is no doubt that urban intensification is a problem of integral, multiscale, and sustainable planning, in which the city and its rural surroundings are inseparable parts of the same territory. The city offers equipment and services, but above all activities, provides employment and houses to its inhabitants and also to those in its rural environment through mobility.
This is a complex and multidisciplinary problem in which numerous researchers are involved. We encourage authors to submit contributions in the following priority areas to this Special Issue of Land:
- Approaches and models of rural development and their evolution in the world, e.g., European policies and rural development programs and rural development strategies;
- Integrated forms of urban–rural planning and multilevel governance, e.g., urban partnerships and the role of the city in the development and stability of the rural population;
- The diversification of activities, employment, and income: agribusiness, heritage, and tourism as the basis of rural competitiveness and its impact on new models of land organization;
- Depopulation and strategies for the demographic challenge in rural areas;
- The insertion of SDGs 2030 in rural development: the green circular economy.
Dr. Ana Nieto Masot
Dr. José Luis Gurría Gascón
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- sustainable rural development
- strategies against depopulation
- rural-urban partnerships
- rural development programs and strategies
- diversification of economic activities
- Sustainable Development Goal 2030