Special Issue of Journal of Rural and Community Development (JRCD)
The development of rural and peripheral territories confronted with metropolization dynamics: Which levers of resilience,  social cohesion and well-being?

The deadline for full papers submission: 30 November 2023

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Guest editors
Abdelillah HAMDOUCH, Professeur des Universités en Aménagement de l’Espace et Urbanisme, Polytech Tours et UMR 7324 CITERES (Équipe DATE), Université de Tours. Email: abdelillah.hamdouch@univ-tours.fr (Corresponding Editor)
Jean-Paul CARRIÈRE, Professeur des Universités Émérite en Aménagement de l’Espace et Urbanisme, Polytech Tours et UMR 7324 CITERES (Équipe DATE), Université de Tours. Email: jean-paul.carriere@univ-tours.fr
Lise BOURDEAU-LEPAGE, Professeure des Universités en Géographie et UMR EVS, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3. Email: lblepage@gmail.com
José SERRANO, Professeur des Universités en Aménagement de l’Espace et Urbanisme, Polytech Tours et UMR 7324 CITERES (Équipe DATE), Université de Tours. Email: jose.serrano@univ-tours.fr


The aim of this special issue is to gather un ensemble of theoretical and/or empirical articles dedicated to the study of development strategies in rural, semi-rural or peripheral territories and communities that could allow them for a better economic and demographic viability through an improvement of their attractiveness for residents and investments while preserving, valorizing or restoring at the same time their distinctive resources, particularly in terms of quality of life, social cohesion, and more participative governance practices (Hamdouch, Serrano & Serrhini, 2023a; 2023b). In such perspective, their ability to promote and implement creative initiatives and social innovations (Moulaert et al., 2013; Nyseth & Hamdouch, 2019; Alberio & Klein, 2022) as well as institutional innovations (Hamdouch & Nyseth, 2023) appear crucial.


Reception of the full manuscripts: 30 November 2023 at the latest
Selection process of acceptable papers by guest editors and appointment of external
referees: 30 November 2023 – 31st December 2023
Evaluation by external referees: 02 January – 28 February 2024
Feedback to authors and revision of accepted papers: 28 February – 30 April 2024
Reception of revised versions: 31st May 2024 at the latest
Check of revised versions and editing work: June-July 2024
Publication asap end of 2024 or early in 2025 depending on the journal planning.

Manuscripts proposals should comply with the journal presentation norms, available on the
journal website: https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/about/submissions
For these norms, the authors are also invited to have a look of published articles (all in open
access) on the journal website.
Full manuscripts should be sent to: abdelillah.hamdouch@univ-tours.fr (with Cc to the 3 other
Guest Editors of the Special issue ; see emails above in this call).

The JRCD is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes development research on and in rural and small town areas around the world. We do not charge authors for publication in the JRCD.

The original rationale for the publication of the JRCD continues to be adhered to which is to provide a venue for academics to publish findings in development studies that fall within rural and/or community contexts. Beyond the demographic trends toward urban living, there are issues of remoteness, regional differences, resource dependency and restructuring, environmental degradation, unemployment and depopulation, urban influence/dominance, etc. that need to be addressed.

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