Centre for Rural Economy


Rural Areas: Contributing to Regional Competitiveness

This study has been commissioned by the UK Local Government Rural Network to examine the relationship between rural areas and regional competitiveness.

As strengthening the competitiveness of the EU was so central to the Lisbon agenda, important questions arose for those responsible for the development of rural areas about the role of rural areas within the ‘competitiveness agenda’ around Lisbon. The study had four main objectives:

The project consisted of a desk-based literature review and telephone consultations with 12 specialists in the field of rural development across the UK. A 1-day workshop was held in Newcastle for members of the Network on August 10th 2005.