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Peri-urban futures

Nordregio's Director Kjell Nilsson is one of the editors of the book Peri-urban futures: Scenarios and models for land use change in Europe.

Presently, peri-urbanisation is one of the most pervasive processes of land use change in Europe with strong impacts on both the environment and quality of life. It is a matter of great urgency to determine strategies and tools in support of sustainable development. The book synthesizes the results of PLUREL, a large European Commission funded research project (2007-2010). Tools and strategies of PLUREL address main challenges of managing land use in peri-urban areas. These results are presented and illustrated by means of 7 case studies which are at the core of the book. This volume presents a novel, future oriented approach to the planning and management of peri-urban areas with a main focus on scenarios and sustainability impact analysis. The research is unique in that it focuses on the future by linking quantitative scenario modeling and sustainability impact analysis with qualitative and in-depth analysis of regional strategies, as well as including a study at European level with case study work also involving a Chinese case study.

Nilsson, K.; Pauleit, S.; Bell, S.; Aalbers, C.; Sick Nielsen, Th.A. (Eds.) Peri-urban futures: Scenarios and models for land use change in Europe