1.5 Small towns in rural regions
Gro Marit Grimsrud, Uni Research Rokkan centre, Bergen, Norway, Gro.firstname.lastname@example.org
Elisabeth Angell, Uni Research Rokkan centre, Bergen, Norway
Research on small and medium sized towns has been sparse compared to the large literature on big cities on the one hand, and research on rural regions on the other. As regional development policies seem increasingly to focus on towns and cities as engines of regional growth, we would like to see papers that address this shift, or analyse the role of small towns in keeping up population, production, services and welfare in rural regions (and vice versa). We would also welcome papers on small town issues, such as dilemmas related to the translation of national or EU guidelines for urban planning and development to small town reality; or to potential identity questions of the small town squeezed between images of rural idyll and big city urbanism.