Hunting for hotspots. Unequal urbanisation in the Swedish countryside

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Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2009
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 955000 SEK


The dichotomy urban rural has become less obvious. Counterurbanisation has opened up for mobility from urban to rural areas. It is not about large flows of movers. Often it implies a marginal increase in some population groups. Several reasons have been put forward to explain counterurbanisation but there are still no satisfactory explanations. A burning question is the effects of an unbalanced housing market in urban areas. This memorandum proposes a study on counterurbanisation and how it can be understood and explained by a focus on housing market conditions. The approach captures the interdependency among urban and rural housing markets. In that approach hotspot is a central concept. The object is to analyse occurrence of hotspots in the north of Sweden. A hot spot is a place with great natural beauty far away from metropolitan areas. The process is initiated in a place with loss of population, decreasing house prices and suddenly the place is transformed to an attractive hot spot. Are there hotspots in the north of Sweden? Which factors explain this development? Are hotspots long-standing sustainable? To address these questions a longitudinal database and interviews will be used. Important are physical and socioeconomic transformations of places. Tobin's q will be used for analysis of house prices. The method will be multi level analysis. Results will add knowledge to countryside development at a geographical level where people live there everyday life.

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