Commercial Counterurbanisation: A driving force in rural economic development

Bosworth, Gary and Bat Finke, Hanne (2020) Commercial Counterurbanisation: A driving force in rural economic development. Environment and Planning A, 52 (3). pp. 654-674. ISSN 0308-518X

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Counterurbanisation is transforming rural communities and has implications for entrepreneurial opportunities in rural areas. The rural economy has seen a shift away from the dominant productivist paradigm towards an increasingly consumption-led array of businesses, facilitated by increased mobility and connectivity. Part of this transition has seen increasing rates of new businesses started by people moving into rural areas. This ‘commercial counterurbanisation’, is stimulating local economies but the ensuing nature of ‘development’ demands deeper investigation. In particular, this paper explores the ways in which entrepreneurs moving into rural areas are able to recognise distinctive opportunities and assets associated with rurality, drawing on a combination of their extra-local connections and access to local forms of capital. We conclude that the spatiality of social capital and the degree to which commercial counterurbanites become locally embedded are key factors in determining the characteristics of the businesses that they develop.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commercial counterurbanisation, rural assets, rural businesses, rural economy, rural representations
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 15:25
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:15

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