Unequal Futures of Rural Mobility: Challenges for a “Smart Countryside”

Bosworth, Gary, Price, Liz, Collison, Martin and Fox, Charles (2020) Unequal Futures of Rural Mobility: Challenges for a “Smart Countryside”. Local Economy, 35 (6). pp. 586-608. ISSN 0269-0942

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Unequal Futures of Rural Mobility: Challenges for a “Smart Countryside”
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Current transport strategy in the UK is strongly urban-focused, with assumptions that technological advances in mobility will simply trickle down into rural areas. This paper challenges such a view and instead draws on rural development thinking aligned to a “Smart Countryside” which emphasises the need for place-based approaches. Survey and interview methods are employed to develop a framework of rural needs associated with older people, younger people and businesses. This framework is employed to assess a range of mobility innovations that could most effectively address these needs in different rural contexts. In presenting visions of future rural mobility, the paper also identifies key infrastructure as well as institutional and financial changes that are required to facilitate the roll-out of new technologies across rural areas.

Keywords:rural, mobility, transport, technology, robotics
Subjects:L Social studies > L434 Transport Policy
N Business and Administrative studies > N850 Transport Studies
L Social studies > L724 Transport Geography
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K460 Transport Planning
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
College of Science > School of Geography
Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:05 Nov 2020 09:53

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