PURR – Potential of Rural Regions

The aim of the study is to create and test new ways to explore the territorial potentials of some rural areas and small and medium-sized towns in peripheral parts of Europe around the North Sea, the Irish Sea and the Baltic Sea. These places face problems such as ageing, migration, poor accessibility, restructuring of traditional industries and are further threatened by rising energy costs. However, they also possess some territorial assets related to their natural and cultural heritage and in the sense of identity that many have.
01.04.2010 - 31.01.2012
Johansen, Steinar
Norsk institutt for by- og regionforskning (NIBR)
Tlf.: +47 22 95 89 33
E-post: steinar.johansen@nibr.no
Norsk prosjekteier:

Norsk institutt for by- og regionforskning (NIBR)

Øvrige partnere:
• Cesis District Council (LV)
• North Yorkshire County Council (UK)
• Welsh Assembly Government (UK)
• Dumfries and Galloway Council (UK)
The analysis will use ESPON results to benchmark the stakeholder regions in their European context and will develop and apply methodologies for identifying and realising territorial potentials in these places. It will increase European knowledge on territorial structures and trends and provide a transferable tool.

Expected outcome:
• Methodologies for assessing territorial potentials of rural regions and application to each participating region.
• Dataset combining existing ESPON data for these regions with additional data collected within project.
• Set of policy options for each partner region based on results of analysis of territorial potential.
• Synthesis of results for project as a whole, incl. recommendations for each participating region on how territorial potential might be taken forward.