Demographic Change in Australia's Rural Landscapes: by Gary W. Luck, Digby Race, Rosemary Black

By Gary W. Luck, Digby Race, Rosemary Black

Throughout heritage, people have lived essentially in rural landscapes. In 2008, for the 1st time, the worldwide inhabitants grew to become predominantly city. whereas a lot examine has focussed at the affects of accelerating urbanisation, we've little or no wisdom of the consequences of those adjustments for rural landscapes. international developments recommend populations in rural landscapes are, fairly conversing, in decline. but this wide pattern is just too simplistic and will be very deceptive for researchers, land managers and coverage makers. This generalisation usually mask a way more advanced and dynamic strategy of demographic swap, with a few rural components expanding in acceptance and experiencing new environmental pressures. The styles of swap should be extensively characterized in methods: inhabitants decline and dissolving rural groups; and amenity-led in-migration (or counter-urbanisation) – a pattern pointed out in constructed areas comparable to North the United States and Australia. either one of those styles have huge implications for the administration and sustainability of rural landscapes and groups. This booklet examines huge and local-scale styles of demographic swap in rural landscapes, picking out many of the drivers of those adjustments utilizing neighborhood case reviews, and outlining the results of alterations for society and the surroundings. The publication adopts an interdisciplinary method by way of explicitly linking demographic switch with environmental, land-use, social and financial elements. The e-book will supply an invaluable source for researchers and graduate scholars attracted to city improvement, sustainability technology, panorama reviews and demographic swap, in addition to environmental administration, human and actual geography and rural sociology.

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4 The Implications of Demographic Change in Rural Landscapes For the sake of simplicity and clarity, we have focussed on two of the major patterns of demographic change that have characterised rural landscapes over the past decades. It is clear, however, that the complexity of the changes occurring in rural areas is not adequately captured by these two trends alone. Indeed, a given location may be experiencing both the loss of residents, as young people leave for the city to gain employment or undertake study, and an influx of new ‘sea/tree changers’.

Ann Assoc Am Geogr 37:145–154 Chapter 2 Amenity-Led Migration in Rural Australia: A New Driver of Local Demographic and Environmental Change? Neil Argent, Matthew Tonts, Roy Jones, and John Holmes Neil Argent N. W. Luck et al. V. 2011 23 24 N. Argent et al. Abstract There is growing acceptance that the fortunes of the non-metropolitan Australian ecumene are increasingly dependent on the interchanges of population, capital and ideas between cities and rural towns and regions. Yet we know relatively little about the push and pull forces drawing city residents into rural areas, or the medium- to long-term consequences of ex-urban in-migration for local land uses and the demographic and socio-economic composition of towns and regions.

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