Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Kunskap om landsbygden. Dags för en ny agenda!
() and Cecilia Waldenström
Abstract: The working paper presents a new research agenda for
Swedish rural research. Starting from a theoretical discussion on rurality
as a research field and the motives for a specific rural research, we move
to issues of definition and research perspectives. In the end, the specific
rural environment has two basic features. Sparse structures affecting all
aspects of human activity including social relations, demography, economy
etc. and the rural physical environment which is different from the urban.
The paper suggests six research fields altogether creating the core of
Swedish rural research: natural resources in production and governance,
demographic challenges, the rural economy, local development, rural
policies and finally ”the new rurality”. This last field is an attempt to
look forward and address issues following on today’s major trends. The new
rurality also point at a the paradigmatic shift for rural areas in Sweden
that may follow from climate change and increasing energy and food prices
as well as an increase in the demand for forest products.
Keywords: Rural; research; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: R10; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, January 2008
ISSN: 1652-120X; ISBN: 978-91-85619-19-1
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