Developing a typology of changing multi-functional regions

Butt, A 2014, 'Developing a typology of changing multi-functional regions', Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 233-257.

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Title Developing a typology of changing multi-functional regions
Author(s) Butt, A
Year 2014
Journal name Australasian Journal of Regional Studies
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 233
End page 257
Total pages 25
Publisher Regional Science Association * Australian and New Zealand Section
Abstract The classification of regions as functionally or socioeconomically identifiable clusters lets us explore and describe geographies of seemingly complex and individualised change. It also improves our understanding of the varied nature of processes such as counter-urbanization and the formation of multi-functional rural regions. Using principal component analysis and subsequent cluster analysis, this study identified five types of regions in regard to characteristics of overall and newly resident communities. The study was undertaken for a broad region of Victoria, Australia that has experienced population growth and the decreasing influence of agriculture; typical conditions of counter-urbanisation. The results suggest that counterurbanisation occurs in a variety of ways that are broadly consistent with explanations of processes such as rural gentrification, retirement mobility, exurbanisation and welfare-led migration. In addition, clustering included some areas where socio-economic change is less apparent, with a perseverance of rural characteristics.
Subject Land Use and Environmental Planning
Keyword(s) Counter-urbanisation
multi-functional regions
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