Informal Planning in Depopulating Rural Areas

A resource-based view on informal planning practices

Josefina Syssner 1  and Marlies Meijer 2
  • 1 Centre for Municipality Studies, Linköping University, 581 83, Linköping, Sweden
  • 2 Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands


Planning research has increasingly recognised that planning in depopulating areas differs from planning in growth areas. Several studies have sought to identify planning theories and strategies that are capable of meeting the challenges presented by depopulating areas. However, most of these studies and strategies are based on dense urban environments. This paper seeks to add to planning theory and practice by focusing on informal planning practices in rural depopulating areas. Starting from a resource-based view, the paper introduces an analytical framework that allows a systematic examination of the resources that are generated through informal planning practices in such areas.

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