Pathways of rural change: An integrated assessment of metabolic patterns in emerging ruralities

F. Ravera, A. Scheidel, J. dell'Angelo, G. Gamboa, T. Serrano, S. Mingorría, V. Cabello, N. Arizpe, P. Ariza

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While rural transformations are nothing new in human history, current processes of rural change occur under multiple forces at an unprecedented pace, involving profound and unexpected changes in land use and users, and rapid transformations in the metabolic patterns of rural systems. The present special section aims to shed light on current drivers and pathways of rural change by analyzing, under a common conceptual and theoretical framework, examples of new ruralities that are emerging as responses across different world regions. Within this context, this introduction presents: (1) common research questions of the six presented cases of rural change; (2) the general theoretical and methodological framework of integrated assessment of societal metabolism adopted to analyze rural systems and (3) the main contributions and conclusions that could be drawn from six context-specific case studies from Asia, Latin America and Europe. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-820
JournalEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Bio-economy
  • Complexity
  • Integrated assessment
  • Rural systems
  • Societal metabolism


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