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Title: Rural urban relationships : the search for the evidence base
Author: Baing, Andreas Schulze
ISNI:       0000 0001 3556 8550
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2007
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Town and countryside - these two spatial categories have long been at the focus of interest for planners. While traditionally the UK has seen a rather strict separation of rural and urban policies, this has been changing in recent years. Rural-urban relationships is a term that subsumes a variety of discussions both amongst academics and practitioners to aim at a more comprehensive rural-urban policy taking into account the various links between town and countryside. One of the difficult challenges though is to quantify in how far rural and urban areas are interlinked. Therefore the aim of this work is to analyse how and with which methods one can gain a better understanding of the nature and changes of rural-urban relationships using existing data sources. To achieve this aim, first the background of the debate about rural-urban relationships is investigated. This includes a brief historic overview of the rural-urban debate and a section investigating ways of defining rural and urban. This is followed by a detailed analysis of the more recent debate about rural-urban relationships. The focus is then put on the topics migration, commuting and economic change. After developing a methodological framework, this is tested in the final chapters on the national level of England, in the North West of England and in two case study local authority districts. Amongst others, the work investigates a number of analysis and visualisation methods that make use of the Census Special Workplace Statistics. This includes testing a variety of mapping methods. To gain a better understanding of the economic change on a small scale the migration patterns of businesses in two case study districts in the North West of England are investigated. This makes use of a commercial business population database that allows monitoring the movements of businesses. Finally the concluding chapter discusses how the findings of this work can support rural-urban relationships as a policy concept and where there is potential for further research. Supplied by The British Library - 'The world's knowledge'
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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