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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Implications for Rural Economies

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeremy Phillipson, Professor Matthew GortonORCiD, Roger Turner, Emeritus Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE, Dr Katie Aitken-McDermott, Dr Francisco ArealORCiD, Dr Paul CowieORCiD, Dr Carmen Hubbard, Dr Sara MaioliORCiD, Professor Ruth McAreaveyORCiD, Dr Robert Newbery, Dr Luca Panzone, Dr Frances Rowe, Professor Sally Shortall



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This paper presents a rapid assessment of current and likely future impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on rural economies given their socio-economic characteristics. Drawing principally on current evidence for the UK, as well as lessons from the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak and the 2007/8 financial crises, it outlines the likely key demand and supply effects, paying attention to the situation for agriculture as well as discussing the implications for rural communities. A distinction is made between the effects on businesses offering goods and services for out-of-home as opposed to in-home consumption. Gendered dimensions are also noted as likely business and household strategies for coping and adaptation. The paper concludes with a brief mapping of a research agenda for studying the longer-term effects of COVID-19 on rural economies

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Author(s): Phillipson J, Gorton M, Turner R, Shucksmith M, Aitken-McDermott K, Areal F, Cowie P, Hubbard C, Maioli S, McAreavey R, Souza-Monteiro D, Newbery R, Panzone L, Rowe F, Shortall S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sustainability

Year: 2020

Volume: 12

Issue: 10

Print publication date: 12/05/2020

Online publication date: 12/05/2020

Acceptance date: 08/05/2020

Date deposited: 18/05/2020

ISSN (print): 1937-0695

ISSN (electronic): 1937-0709

Publisher: M D P I AG


DOI: 10.3390/su12103973


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ERDF Interreg Europe project INNOGROW