Transitioning towards a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy— Implications for Rural–Urban Relations

Knickel, Karlheinz, Almeida, Alexandra, Galli, Francesca, Hausegger-Nestelberger, K, Goodwin-Hawkins, Bryonny ORCID: 0000-0002-9399-5486, Hrabar, Mojca, Keech, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0003-4112-9030, Knickel, Marina, Lehtonen, Olli, Maye, Damian ORCID: 0000-0002-4459-6630, Ruiz-Martinez, I, Sumane, Sandra, Vulto, Hans and Wiskerke, Johannes S.C. (2021) Transitioning towards a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy— Implications for Rural–Urban Relations. Land, 10 (5). p. 512. doi:10.3390/land10050512

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This article focuses on the question of how a shift from a narrow economic perspective to a wider sustainable wellbeing focus in regional development strategies and actions might change rural–urban relations. A brief review of relevant research and discourses about economic develop-ment models provides the foundation for the analysis. The review leads to the development of an analytical framework that puts the notion of sustainable wellbeing at its center. The criteria included in the analytical framework are then used to assess the current situation, challenges and perceived ways forward based on data and analyses from 11 European regions. The focus of the analysis is on different expressions of a sustainable wellbeing economy, and aspects of territorial development that are consistent with the basic features of a wellbeing economy are identified. Development dy-namics and tensions between different development goals and resource uses, strategies and actions that are in favor of sustainable wellbeing goals, and conditions for a more mutually beneficial rural–urban relationship are discussed. The article concludes with the implications for local government, and governance and policy frameworks. Reference is made to current high-level strategic policy frameworks and the European Green Deal.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable wellbeing; rural-urban relations; land Management; Local government; Governance; Policy; Case studies; Europe
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Ella Rowe
Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 14:41
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2022 09:16

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