Rural Places and Planning provides a compact analysis for students and early-career practitioners of the critical connections between place capitals and the broader ideas and practices of planning, seeded within rural communities. It looks across twelve international cases, examining the values that guide the pursuit of the ‘good countryside’.
The book presents rural planning – rooted in imagination and reflecting key values – as being embedded in the life of particular places, dealing with critical challenges across housing, services, economy, natural systems, climate action and community wellbeing in ways that are integrated and recognise broader place-making needs. It introduces the breadth of the discipline, presenting examples of what planning means and what it can achieve in different rural places.
“An inspiring book that can be read as a guide to rural change and development; expressions and dynamics of place-based capitals; and stimulating reading on planning in a broader sense for rural planners, practitioners and scholars.” Sociologia Ruralis
“The book expertly covers an expansive range of ideas and topics. Its implications for knowledges in education, social, cultural, economic and ecological futures, and the preparation of workers in the various services working with rural places, are significant.” Rural Society
“This book provides an important step forward in articulating global successes in rural, bottom-up and community planning, providing optimism for a good life which is very much needed.” Town Planning Review
“Accompanied by inspiring case studies, this book compellingly explains which values guide community engagement and what role rural planners may play in realising a good countryside using place-based capitals.” Bettina Bock, Wageningen University
“A radical new take on rural place that escapes traditional national silos in planning research to present a global perspective, emphasising interconnection and relationality. A fresh and stimulating read.” Michael Woods, Aberystwyth University
“This book offers crucial insights into the study of rural planning, with a particular emphasis on the interconnectedness of the global countryside. It moves beyond the Anglophone world and provides a fresh perspective for both Global South and Global North rural researchers, and for practitioners pursuing the ‘good countryside’.” Chi-Mao Wang, National Taiwan University
Menelaos Gkartzios is Reader in Planning and Rural Development at Newcastle University.
Nick Gallent is Professor of Housing and Planning at University College London.
Mark Scott is Professor of Planning at University College Dublin.
2. The built rural
3. The economic rural
4. The land-based rural
5. The social and cultural rural