in English
Tutu-julkaisut 2015
Tuomas Kuhmonen

Rural Futures

Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, 34 p.

ISBN 978-952-249-302-6 (pdf), ISBN 978-952-249-301-9 (book), ISSN 1797-1284.

Price 20 €. 

Is our snow-man melting? Can we feed our world? Do we spoil our natural resources? Where are the safe harbours in crisis? Many global problems have essentially rural solutions. But rural regions have their own problems and challenges as well: urban sprawl, depopulation, valorisation of natural resources and loss of political power. In industrialised countries, rural people are a minority.

Finland is a very specific country in some respects. Large rural areas, extremely low population density, rapid socio-economic transformation and high economic wellbeing is a rare combination. The futures of the rural areas are at stake. A dispersed bioeconomy, a colonial countryside, a museum countryside and an archipelago of business islets  are all possible rural futures. This book presents snapshots of rural futures with Finnish illustrations.