How rural coworking hubs can facilitate well-being through the satisfaction of key psychological needs

Merrell, Ian, Füzi, Anita, Russell, Emma and Bosworth, Gary (2021) How rural coworking hubs can facilitate well-being through the satisfaction of key psychological needs. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 36 (7-8). pp. 606-626. ISSN 0269-0942

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Once considered an urban phenomenon, rural enterprise hubs (REH) and rural coworking spaces (RCWS) are now increasing in popularity to support entrepreneurial rural communities. Whilst previous research has examined economic and community benefits, a focus on well-being benefits has been overlooked. Framed by self-determination theory, this empirical research investigates whether rural coworking is reported to enhance user’s well-being by fulfilling key psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness. By applying a well-being focus, we found that potential key drivers of rural coworking uptake and durability could be elucidated, in terms of these three needs. In addition, we identified another category of well-being that was fulfilled through engagement with RCWS and REH – namely – ‘communion with nature’. We suggest that considerations of well-being are important to understand how rural coworking can attract and sustain local workers and suggest a future research agenda to further conceptualise well-being effects.

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Additional Information: Funding information: As part of the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit), this work was supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/S012532/1], which is gratefully acknowledged. The empirical work for this research came from two previous projects, the first was sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and North East Growth Network [ES/J500082/1 1506282] and the second through a Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Research Innovation Award.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural coworking spaces, rural enterprise hubs, well-being, self-determination, rural development
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N700 Office skills
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 11:29
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2023 08:45

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