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The role of small and medium-sized towns in rural development *

Contract nr: QLRT-CT-2000-01923
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date:
Duration: months
Total cost: 2,254,041 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,688,235 EUR
Scientific Officer:
Research topic: 5.5. Sustainable development of rural and other relevant areas

Abstract:
Using a methodology previously developed and tested by one of the partners, this project measures the economic linkages between small and medium-sized towns and the surrounding countryside in order to assess their present and potential role as growth poles in rural development. The methodology also provides an indication of the local employment and income impact of different types of economic activity in these towns and their surrounding hinterland. By studying a suitable sample of towns within different types of rural area and across a range of conditions in the existing and enlarged European Union, it provides soundly based advice for policy-makers at EU, national and regional level who are seeking to foster sustainable rural development.

Objectives:
This project measures the economic linkages between small and medium-sized towns and the surrounding countryside in order to assess their present and potential role as growth poles in rural development.

The objectives are:

(1) to measure the flows of goods, services and labour between firms and households in a selected sample of small and medium-sized towns and their surrounding countryside;
(2) to use this information to compare the degree of local economic integration of different types and size of town, firm and household;
(3) to draw conclusions and make recommendations for those at EU, national and local level seeking to stimulate more diversified economic activities and employment opportunities in rural areas; and
(4) to provide an accessible source of spatially referenced micro-economic data to those seeking to model the future impact of EU policies on the rural economy.

 


Coordinator
Angela PETTIT
The University of Reading, Centre for agricultural strategy
Reading
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1189318977
Fax: +44 1189318979
E-mail: a.s.pettit@reading.ac.uk


Partners
  Les EBDON
University of Plymouth, Department of land use and rural management
Newton Abbot, Devon
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1752233700
Fax: +44 1752233711
E-mail: A.Errington@plymouth.ac.uk
  Francisco DINIZ
Departamento de economia e sociologia
Villa Real
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 259302200
Fax: +351 259302249
E-mail: fdiniz@utad.pt
  Andrzej ROSNER
Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development
Warszawa
POLAND
Tel.: +48 228269436
Fax: +48 228266371
E-mail: irwir@irwirpan.waw.pl
  Lionel ROINEAU
Etablissement National d'enseignement supérieur agronomique de Dijon
Dijon
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 3 80693011
Fax: +33 3 80693200
E-mail: roineau@dijon.inra.fr
  Levinus ZACHARIASSE
Agricultural economics research Institute
The Hague
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 703358331
Fax: +31 703358196
E-mail: L.C.Zachariasse@lei.wag-ur.nl