Smart Development for Rural Areas
André Torre, National Institute for Agronomic Research and University of Paris-Saclay, France
Stefano Corsi, University of Milan, Italy
Michael Steiner, University of Graz, Austria
Frédéric Wallet, National Institute for Agronomic Research and University of Paris-Saclay, France
Hans Westlund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and the Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden
Routledge; 1st Edition (October 12, 2020)
About this book
This thought-provoking book questions the framework of the Horizon 2020 strategy and the policies of smart development. It aims to answer the following question: Is there any possibility for a policy of smart development and smart specialization in rural and peri-urban areas? Based on detailed analytical studies, empirical and econometric methods, as well as various European case studies, several conclusions are drawn.
Smart development policies are well adapted to the developed or intermediate regions containing at the same time rural and urban areas, but do not really function for the more rural or more peripheral regions. The development policies of rural areas must be adapted to their particular characteristics, to the structure of their economies (agriculture, small firms), as well as in their diversity (distant regions, intermediate regions, rural areas near the urban areas). It appears interesting to exploit natural and cultural amenities, to develop the multifunctional character of the agriculture, to promote territorial innovation under all its forms, to favor the synergies between the various uses of land and space, and to develop the knowledge on the ecological, socioeconomic processes, as well as on the mechanisms of territorial governance.
These results are very important because they question the validity of the H2020 policy and the smart development and smart specialization policies and their applicability to the whole European area, and not only for the most urban and rich areas. It will be valuable reading for students, researchers and policy-makers in regional development, rural studies, spatial planning and economic geography.
Publication date: 12 October 2020 ISBN: 9780367374792
André Torre is Professor at the National Institute for Agronomic Research and the University of Paris-Saclay, France and the President of European Regional Science Association (ERSA).
Stefano Corsi is a researcher in the Department of Economics at the University of Milan, Italy.
Michael Steiner is Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Graz, Austria.
Frédéric Wallet is a researcher at the National Institute for Agronomic Research and the University of Paris-Saclay, France.
Hans Westlund is Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and the Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden.
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