Knowledge Transfer Accelerator | 2nd activity
Historically, rural areas have been characterised primarily by population density and proximity to urban centres. However, this approach oversimplifies reality and neglects the wide variety of rural areas, encompassing various functionalities and rural-urban interactions. A call to deepen our understanding of rural diversity was also emphasized in latest EU Council conclusions on the EU’s Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas (LTVRA) as a milestone to foster place-based rural development and the delivery of EU’s policies and strategies (e.g., Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy, LTVRA).
In this webinar, we aim to introduce an innovative perspective on understanding rural diversity through the lens of rural (multi)functionalities. A ‘Scoping report on rural typologies across Europe’ will furnish an analysis of the current state-of-the-art rural typologies. Thus, we will delve into a new conceptual framework to understand rural areas building on their functionalities and synergies with urban territories.
Leveraging the latest findings from the Horizon Europe RUSTIK and GRANULAR projects, we will kickstart a discussion on the imperative for more comprehensive rural typologies for assessment and statistical purposes at both EU and national levels.
- Overview of Rural Typologies in Europe – Mats Stjernberg, Nordregio
- Contribution to KTA meeting 23 Februari 2024 – Henk Oostindie & Bettina Bock, Wageningen University
- Developing a definition of Functional Rural Areas – Lewis Dijkstra, Joint Research Centre
- Functional Rural Areas and beyond – Francesco Mantino, CREA