Ensuring both rural and urban economies and societies develop sustainably is a critical sustainable development goal. This imperative will involve new approaches to innovation and enterprise to develop sustainable economies and increase equitable results for all communities. Rural and urban spaces have challenges, such as access to services (e.g. broadband) in rural areas and green infrastructure planning for more climate-smart cities. The distinctive lens that the CCRI offers is to approach these relationships from a rural-urban perspective, reversing the dominant paradigm of assuming the predominance of urban areas. The Rural-Urban Economies & Societies cluster undertakes research across the urban-rural continuum focused on social and economic development.
Areas of research
- Rural economies and levelling up
- Rural innovation and the future of rural areas in economic transitions
- The foundational economy
- Rural-urban relations
- Impact of changing policy environment on rural communities
- Geo-spatial analysis and geo-visualisation of rural and urban systems (GIS)
- Green infrastructure planning
- Increased inequalities within and between rural communities
- Social return on investment
- Realising climate neutral cities
Sustainable Development Goals
Set by the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
- GOAL 8: Decent work and economic growth
- GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- GOAL 13: Climate Action
Related research projects
View current research projects related to Rural-Urban Economies and Societies cluster.
Exploring the Experiences and Issues for Rural Energy and Water Customers in PSR Needs Code Groups
This research will build on previous work undertaken for the same funders, including work by CCRI which explored rural vulnerability from a public utilities’ perspective
Assessment of Social Value Derived from CLA Activities
This project, a study for the Country, Land and Business Association, examines the social contribution of CLA members to enable aggregate estimates of social value generation across the CLA membership to be made.
AGRISOCIAL: Towards a socially sustainable green transition for agriculture and rural communities
This research project aims to understand the implications of current social sustainability challenges for the green transition and how the green transition can enable more socially sustainable Norwegian farms and rural communities.