Rural Service Hubs

3 Jul 2020


Many rural areas struggle to support local services, from shops and banks to public offices. Service hubs – where multiple services are co-located in the same space – can offer solutions. Service hubs can offer alternative models for providing rural services and strengthening rural-urban cohesion and connectivity. This Short Report from the Public Infrastructure and Social Services Community of Practice:

  • Describes the challenges of rural service provision and access, and explores how service hubs can address these challenges
  • Presents shared learning from the ROBUST project, through 9 case studies from 5 countries: Austria, Finland, Latvia, Spain and Wales
  • Distils key concepts into a planning guide for service hubs
Author: Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins

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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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