A systematic search of trends in rural development: type of research, originating regions and engagement with sustainability

Evans, Neus (Snowy), Lasen, Michelle, and Tsey, Komla (2014) A systematic search of trends in rural development: type of research, originating regions and engagement with sustainability. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, 9. pp. 1-18.

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This systematic search investigates trends relating to quantity and content of research output over the last three decades in rural development research to assess whether the field is growing in a manner that reflects research and policy priorities and wider social trends related to sustainability. Three databases were searched using specific terms to identify relevant articles. Publications were classified into measurement, intervention or descriptive categories and analysed to explore the theme of sustainability. Findings reveal that descriptive research has dominated the rural development field since the 1980s. Research output has shifted from developing to developed regions. The proportion of publications linked to sustainability increased significantly, and the majority of sustainability interventions employed processes of engaging the community and wider stakeholders. The authors consider learning that can be derived from the systematic search process by highlighting four points relevant to policy makers, practitioners and funding bodies in the field.

Item ID: 31220
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1832-2077
Keywords: sustainability policy and practice or cultural, economic, and social sustainability, sustainability, policy, practices, rural development, systematic search
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2014 00:00
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
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