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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Digitalization in sparsely populated areas: between place-based practices and the smart region agenda

Dubois, Alexandre; Sielker, Franziska;

Abstract

Based on evidence of a growing number of regions in Europe at risk of becoming sparsely populated, this article argues that further policy attention should be drawn to sparsely populated areas. We present experiences from case studies in the UK and Sweden asking how digitalization supported local actors in providing tools to promote collaborative planning for their communities. The article propounds the European added value of these experiences by raising the awareness of regional policymakers about future solutions for territorial planning and governance linked with the 'sparselization' of Europe, which we deem is the 'other side' of the continent's continuing urbanization.

Keywords

sparsely populated areas; Cohesion Policy; shrinking regions; rurality; digitalization; smart regions

Published in

Regional Studies

2022, volume: 56, number: 10, pages: 1771-1782
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR AND FRANCIS LTD

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Sielker, Franziska
University of Cambridge

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities

UKÄ Subject classification

Human Geography

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2022.2035707

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/116461