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The changing nature of urban and rural areas in the UK and other European countries

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Champion



As required by UN Contract No. 15365, this paper is on “The changing nature of urban and rural areas in the United Kingdom and in other European countries.” It is to “discuss the main changes in the urban and rural areas of Europe.” In a separate communication, it has been indicated that the topic should be read to include a discussion of new forms of urbanization. This is a broad field, in theory covering the 47 countries that the UN classifies as Europe in its World Urbanization Prospects reports and not being restricted in time frame. Clearly, a degree of selectivity is needed, so as to avoid superficiality of treatment in the limited space available as well as to best fit the expertise of the consultant. The main focus selected for this paper is on urban/rural patterns of population change and migration since the 1980s. Particular attention is given to the results of new research on the UK, but the main findings of selected studies of other parts of Europe are also reviewed and discussed. The paper begins by putting the European scene into global context using the UN’s data.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Champion T

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Expert group meeting on population distribution, urbanization, internal migration and development

Year: 2008

Pages: 24

Print publication date: 21/01/2008

Source Publication Date: 21-23 January 2008

Institution: United Nations

Place Published: New York