Conceptualisation of Rural-Urban Relations and Synergies

17 Nov 2017


This report critically reviews social science perspectives on rural-urban relations and their incorporation into public policy and governance structures as a foundation for the Horizon 2020 ROBUST (Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies). ROBUST builds on an extensive body of work in human geography, sociology, planning and regional science that has repeatedly explored rural-urban differences and interactions over several decades, which has informed rural and urban policy and governance arrangements. It questions the prevailing dichotomy in which the rural and the urban have been conventionally conceived as separate and distinct arenas for policy and governance, and seeks to instead promote the management of rural-urban synergies.

Author: Michael Woods and Jesse Heley

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ROBUST is a European research project involving 24 partners from 11 countries. ROBUST receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727988.

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