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Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography

For a Special Issue on
Transforming rural geographies – a relational approach on interplay of local settings and trans-local connections

Abstract deadline
26 September 2022

Manuscript deadline
28 February 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Brita Hermelin, Linköping University, Sweden
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Daniel Keech, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, Britain
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Margareta Dahlström, Karlstad University, Sweden.
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Transforming rural geographies – a relational approach on interplay of local settings and trans-local connections

For this special issue we invite papers that discuss rural development from the aspect of how this is formed through various geographical relations, with particular focus on rural-urban links and flows. The problematisation of rural-urban binaries, for example in relation to economic co-dependency (Funnell, 1988), but Covid-19, climate change and multi-locational living are among the motivations for renewed engagements. This demands novel conceptual framings of the nature of rural-urban flows and relationships. While many spatial relations forming local development will be proximate (for example through commuting or the need to access urban social and cultural services), others may be distant, crossing administrative and national boundaries (for example in the case of tourism and for various economic activities). Flows represent a pragmatic and essentially functional framework within which to examine how ‘rural-urban realities’ (Dymitrov 2017) and economic co-dependences actually highlight rural specificities (such as enterprise resilience, Makkonen & Mitze 2022) thereby side-stepping binary social, territorial or conceptual characterisations of each space.

The rural development this special issue focuses on is about transformation towards sustainable society. Sustainable transformation demands comprehensive approaches to achieve ecological, social and economic change. Most important to understanding these transformation processes will be to conceive how these arenas interplay/interact. Transformative change is maintained to be distinct from incremental change and to have links with radical innovations (Marques et al. 2018). Nevertheless, several and continuous incremental changes in aggregation can cause more radical transformations (Feola 2015). This motivates analysis of the continuous path of small steps of revised routines, standards and expectations (Strambach and Pflitsch 2018) as factors impacting transformative change (Gustafsson et al. 2018). Transformation also implies difficult changes of routinsed behaviour and taken-for-granted cultural norms, which may challenge the foundations of personal and social identity (Keech and Redepenning 2020).

For this special issue we welcome papers that study rural development for different national settings, through single case or comparative and/or complementary empirical studies. Europe comprises the primary geographical scope.

We endeavor to collect papers that explore impacts on rural development and transformation from the point of departure of various structures and aspects.

  • Examples of empirical focus include business development within farming and other industries, management of forestry and water, ecosystem services, infrastructure provisioning and transport systems, employment and migration, food provisioning and culture, heritage and place-based identity.
  • Papers may explore various social relations including governance relations with participation of multi-sectoral stakeholders, and multi-sited actors with impacts on rural transformation (Soeiro 2021). This relates to critical assessments of the roles of different stakeholders in the goal of sustainable transformation with rural-urban dimensions and may include empirical studies of urban policy-making that (directly or indirectly) affects rural areas (and vice-versa)
  • We also seek to include papers with transdisciplinary approaches, that explore and critique various methods such as Living Labs and methods that rely on the co-creation of ‘experimental space’. Crucially, this involves different actors, e.g. representatives from authorities, firms, research institutions, NGOs or other parts of civil society (often termed as the ‘quadruple helix’), that all contribute their experiences in developing new knowledge (Mobjörk, 2010; Mobjörk et al. 2020, Voytenko et al. 2016).

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  • Submit abstracts in advance of the the full manuscript through email to editors for this special issue.
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