Special Issue "Development of Sustainable Rural Regions in the Face of Increasing Globalization and Urbanization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2016)
Prof. Dr. David J. O’Brien
Rural Areas throughout the world face challenges that are related to substantial shifts of population to urban areas, which in turn are due to increased economic globalization. Different path dependencies of formal and informal institutions, as well as different stages in the demographic transition (i.e., fertility rates and age distributions) create unique challenges both between and within nations. The primary goal of this Special Issue will be to report research findings that identify (1) key challenges to sustainability with respect to economic development, health and mental health, social capital, preservation of the natural environment, and framing research questions that will get the attention of policy-makers; (2) the manner in which macro-, mezzo- and micro-level formal and informal institutional factors create obstacles as well as opportunities in each type of region; and (3) what types of development strategies have been more and less effective in dealing with these challenges in specific rural environments, including European, North American, post-Communist, African, and Asian contexts. The editor encourages submissions from researchers using a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies in social sciences—rural sociology, agricultural economics, geography, regional science, political science, anthropology, and public administration—and, especially, findings from inter-disciplinary research teams.
Prof. Dr. David J. O’Brien
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- rural regions