Towards a new methodological framework for the delimitation of rural and urban areas: a case study of Serbia
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Identification of urban and rural areas has been a widely present topic in the past decades, both in scientific research and in the policy and practice of spatial/regional development and territorial governance. The internationally accepted OECD definition does not produce appropriate results that are able to include the multidimensionality of these territories. In this context, the aim of this paper is the analysis and selection of relevant criteria and indicators of urbanity/rurality that may be significant for the establishment of a methodological framework for identifying urban and rural areas in Serbia. Multivariate analysis (PCA, FA and CA) was used to group local self-government units (LSGU) in Serbia that share similar characteristics. The research resulted in five types of areas which indicate that rural and urban areas in Serbia are very diverse in terms of physiogeographical, socio-economic and functional characteristics. The results of this paper offer a more detailed analy...sis based on scientifically and empirically selected indicators and can be applied in the practice of spatial and urban planning, and in the adaptation of strategic development documents at the regional or national level.
Keywords:Rural and urban areas / delimitation / multivariate analysis / methodological framework / LSGU / Serbia
Source:Geografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography, 2018, 118, 2, 160-172
- Royal Danish Geographical Soc, Copenhagen K