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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2019

Agriculture's transformation and land-use change in a post-urban world: A case study of the Stockholm region

Westlund, Hans; Nilsson, Pia


The purpose of this paper is to address the hypotheses of complete urbanization and the post urban world with an emphasis on the agricultural sector. The paper studies spatial and temporal changes in land-use and agricultural activities in one rapidly growing metropolitan region, the Stockholm region. We explore the number and size of agricultural firms, changes in their main activity and trends of diversification and land prices for various types of land and location, all in a disaggregated spatial dimension. The results contribute to a deeper understanding of agriculture's function in metropolitan regions and shed new light on the possibilities of the agricultural sector to transform in a world where the traditional urban-rural relations are ceasing to exist.

Published in

Journal of Rural Studies
2019, volume: 93, article number: 345-358

Authors' information

Westlund, Hans
Jönköping International Business School
Jönköping International Business School

UKÄ Subject classification

Economic Geography
Agricultural Science

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