Rural peripheries are usually framed as regions with severe structural disadvantages in economic, demographic, social and locational terms. While this has been true for many peripheries for decades and seems to deteriorate further in the course of globalisation, there are also dissimilar developments. Some peripheral areas across Europe display signs of an economic renaissance, established innovative models of governance and created new self-esteem. This volume provides an overview of research on seemingly, current and former peripheral areas and on processes of peripheralisation in Europe. Particular emphasis is given to questions of local and regional governance, to multiple actors of peripheralisation and residential revitalisation as well as to economic and ecological transformations.
Ulrike Grabski-Kieron is Professor of Local and Regional Development and Spatial Planning at Münster University. Ingo Mose holds a professorship at Oldenburg University, heading the Applied Geography and Environmental Planning Working Group. Anja Reichert-Schick is visiting professor at Trier University, heading the Economic and Social Geography Chair. Annett Steinführer is a sociologist and works as a senior researcher at the Thünen Institute of Rural Studies in Braunschweig.