Track 20

Regional and Rural Planning and Development

  • Isa de Oliveira Rocha
    • State University of Santa Catarina (Brazil)
  • Giancarlo Cotella
    • Politecnico di Torino
  • Wayne Caldwell
    • University of Guelph (Canada)

Globally rural communities are experiencing vastly different pressures and rates of growth. While some experience growth within urbanizing regions, at the same time there are rural communities that are facing population loss. This heterogeneity brings along with it a host of economic, environmental and social impacts that, in turn, demand a variegated set of regional and rural planning approaches to fruitfully address community and regional needs.

This track welcomes a variety of papers on these and related issues. For instance:

  • Regional planning in emerging economies and its role in multi-level governance
  • Policies and studies for regional planning, rural and sustainable development
  • Perspectives and case studies on rural planning in emerging and developed economies
  • The role of rural and regional planning in the urban-rural continuum, the local food movements and farmland preservation
  • EU regional (cohesion) policy vs. regional policies promoted by other big scale states (US, Brazil etc.)
  • The role of actors & networks in regional planning / rural development
  • Regional planning and territorial capital as a means to successfully promote development
  • Regional policy and territorial disparities: Why do we need regional policy to correct the result of market processes? What is the link between the two?