A rural typology for strategic European policies

M. van Eupen, M.J. Metzger, M. Pérez-Soba, P.H. Verburg, A. Van Doorn, R.G.H. Bunce

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    The role that the agricultural sector plays in rural areas has considerably changed in the last five decades, and is reflected in a major shift towards multi-dimensional, multi-sectoral land use. Existing European rural typologies are mostly one-dimensional, based on a rather coarse administrative scale data and are unable to define adequately the diversity of the regions involved. The rural typology presented in this paper has been produced as a response to a new policy need for typologies addressing the diversity in regional rurality. This paper describes the method developed and explores the relevance of the results for future rural policies. This new rural typology incorporates two dimensions identified by statistical screening of a range of geographical and socioeconomic data related to the territorial variation of European rural land. The use of high-resolution raster data at 1km
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-482
    JournalLand Use Policy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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