The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Implications for Rural Economies

Phillipson, Jeremy, Gorton, Matthew, Turner, Roger, Shucksmith, Mark, Aitken-McDermott, Katie, Areal, Francisco, Cowie, Paul, Hubbard, Carmen, Maioli, Sara, McAreavey, Ruth, Monteiro, Diogo Souza, Newbery, Robert, Panzone, Luca, Rowe, Frances and Shortall, Sally (2020) The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Implications for Rural Economies. Sustainability, 12 (10). p. 3973. ISSN 2071-1050 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper presents a rapid assessment of current and likely future impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on rural economies given their socio-economic characteristics. Drawing principally on current evidence for the UK, as well as lessons from the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak and the 2007/8 financial crises, it outlines the likely key demand and supply effects, paying attention to the situation for agriculture as well as discussing the implications for rural communities. A distinction is made between the effects on businesses offering goods and services for out-of-home as opposed to in-home consumption. Gendered dimensions are also noted as likely business and household strategies for coping and adaptation. The paper concludes with a brief mapping of a research agenda for studying the longer-term effects of COVID-19 on rural economies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, rural economies, resilience, rural businesses
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
L100 Economics
L700 Human and Social Geography
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 09:10
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 09:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43106

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