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Measuring and understanding the differences between urban and rural areas

Beynon, Malcolm James, Crawley, Andrew and Munday, Maxim C. R. 2016. Measuring and understanding the differences between urban and rural areas. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 43 (6) , pp. 1136-1154. 10.1177/0265813515605096

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Abstract

Understanding the factors that make a location more rural or urban is an important task for planners and policymakers. Traditional individual characteristics of rurality sometimes hide the more complex social as well as physical dynamics of a locality. This paper builds on early work which applied factor analysis to construct a single index of rurality. An approach is developed with a combined metric encompassing multiple measures. These are capable individually of defining rurality but together they deliver greater insight on more complex patterns and help to redefine the simple notion of rurality. The paper then utilises a novel graphical method, the constellation graph, providing a diagnostic and visual framework to aid planners when assessing the spatial dimensions of a locality.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Publisher: Pion
ISSN: 0265-8135
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 24 July 2015
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2017 12:31
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/76901

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