Special Issue "Rural Population and Social Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2018).
Interests: rural population; migrations; social inequalities; deagrarization; rural development
The rural population plays a crucial role to face the sustainability challenge. However, during the last few decades, in many regions, rural populations have undergone considerable changes that put into question their autonomy to manage economic activities and living conditions by themselves. On the one hand, degrarization, as one of the effects of the globalization process, has transformed rural economic life. On the other hand, the interrelation between rural and urban areas is increasing and also mobility does it -including long-distance travel and transnational migration-. These trends have important effects in the rural community life. Considering the future of communities, the most important issue is the broad disequilibrium reached between generations. Some of the consequences of this situation are the reduction of family enterprises, the difficulties for generational renewal that implies limitations to carry on the economic activities and also to manage the caring chains. As a result, the rural population, that is one of the pillars of global sustainability, suffer trouble about their own sustainability.
This Special Issue aims to encourage debate about the opportunities and conditions to re-equilibrate and revitalize the population in rural areas. As suggestions, some topics are highlighted: The ways to reconnect rural economies standing out the ability of rural populations to manage environmental sustainable practices; the lack of welfare conditions, the difficulties to access to services and social resources and their impact in terms of social sustainability; and the potential of the new ICTs and modes of transport (shared, collaborative) to support another kind of rural accessibility and the reduction of social inequalities in these areas. Although other proposals will be welcome, we appreciate contributions focusing on the former topics and about the capacity of social systems to regulate the imbalances that affect rural areas, as well as the participation of sociologists, geographers, environmentalists and specialists in rural planning.
Prof. Dr. Luis Camarero
Prof. Dr. Jesús Oliva
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- Local development
- Regional governance
- Rural planning
- Rural studies
- Rural population
- Generational renewal