Placing the rural in regional development

Neil Ward, David L. Brown

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Urban and regional development studies tend to focus on the urban as driving innovation and growth, with surrounding areas cast in a passive, residual role. As a result, rural and urban development debates are often conducted separately. This paper introduces a special issue on rural development. It sets out current rural development thinking in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, and explores two trends affecting the place of rural areas in regional development – the differentiation of ruralities in the context of global changes and the changing nature of travel and communications – or mobilities. It then introduces the papers in the special issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1244
Number of pages8
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number10
Early online date20 Nov 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Rural development
  • Regional development
  • Rural change
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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