This edited volume is the sixth publication of the series "Rural areas: Issues of local and regional development". It aims at intensifying scholarly exchange on topical questions of social, political, economic and landscape-related transformations of rural areas in Germany and Europe. Europe is a meaningful frame and research topic for rural geography. This edited volume assembles 14 contributions from various countries that shed light on the variety, as well as the differences and commonalities of rural regions in Europe. The volume aims at initiating general reflections about common development mechanisms and structures in the European context in contrast with specific national conditions and path dependencies. By assembling both regional and country case studies as well as cross-national comparisons, the anthology provides a sound basis for future European research in rural geography. It pleads for more cross-national and comparative approaches.
Annett Steinführer is a sociologist and works as a senior researcher at the Thünen Institute of Rural Studies in Braunschweig, Germany. Anna-Barbara Heindl is a human geographer. She worked at the Thünen Institute of Rural Studies, Braunschweig, before she obtained her PhD from Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. Ulrike Grabski-Kieron is Professor Emerita of Local and Regional Development and Spatial Planning at Münster University, Germany. Anja Reichert-Schick is a social geographer and currently Director of Studies at the Protestant Academy Bad Boll, Germany.