This thought-provoking book questions the framework of the Horizon 2020 strategy and the policies of smart development. It aims to answer the following question: Is there any possibility for a policy of smart development and smart specialization in rural and peri-urban areas? Based on detailed analytical studies, empirical and econometric methods, as well as various European case studies, several conclusions are drawn.

Smart development policies are well adapted to the developed or intermediate regions containing at the same time rural and urban areas, but do not really function for the more rural or more peripheral regions. The development policies of rural areas must be adapted to their particular characteristics, to the structure of their economies (agriculture, small firms), as well as in their diversity (distant regions, intermediate regions, rural areas near the urban areas). It appears interesting to exploit natural and cultural amenities, to develop the multifunctional character of the agriculture, to promote territorial innovation under all its forms, to favor the synergies between the various uses of land and space, and to develop the knowledge on the ecological, socioeconomic processes, as well as on the mechanisms of territorial governance.

These results are very important because they question the validity of the H2020 policy and the smart development and smart specialization policies and their applicability to the whole European area, and not only for the most urban and rich areas. It will be valuable reading for students, researchers and policy-makers in regional development, rural studies, spatial planning and economic geography.


chapter |28 pages


Is there a smart development for rural areas?
ByAndré Torre, Frédéric Wallet, Stefano Corsi, Michael Steiner, Hans Westlund

part Part I|80 pages

Main analytical results

chapter 1|20 pages

On smart business in rural areas

Entrepreneurship, innovation and their determinants
BySofia Wixe, Lucia Naldi, Pia Nilsson, Hans Westlund, Maryline Filippi, Danielle Galliano, Johannes Mossböck, Michael Steiner

chapter 2|17 pages

Smart Agriculture and empirical evaluation of smartness using composite indicator

ByStefano Corsi, Frédéric Wallet, Eric Cahuzac, Elise Maigné, Rosalia Filippini

chapter 3|23 pages

Smart land use for smart rural development

The case of rural and peri-urban regions in Europe
BySégolène Darly, André Torre, Camille Olivier

chapter 4|18 pages

The Territory Game as a smart development tool for food governance in rural and peri-urban territories

BySylvie Lardon, Jean-Baptiste Traversac, Frédéric Wallet

part Part II|104 pages

Case studies in Europe

chapter 5|23 pages

Differences in rural smartness

An analysis of two Austrian case study regions
ByJohannes Mossböck, Michael Steiner, Carla Apschner

chapter 6|19 pages

Case studies on innovation and entrepreneurship in rural areas from Sweden

Jönköping County and Jämtland County
ByHans Westlund, Pia Nilsson, Sofia Wixe, Lucia Naldi

chapter 7|26 pages

An inter- and transdisciplinary, multiscale and mixed methods pathway to study Smart Agriculture in Italy

ByRosalia Filippini, Sylvie Lardon, Stefano Corsi

chapter 8|18 pages

Smart Agriculture, grassroots initiatives and urban food governance

Case studies in two metropolitan areas in Southern France
ByIsabelle Duvernoy, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard

chapter 9|16 pages

Business strategies for smart rural development

The renewal of territorialized productions
ByAmélie Gonçalves, Maryline Filippi, Danielle Galliano, Pierre Triboulet

chapter |11 pages


ByAndré Torre, Frédéric Wallet, Stefano Corsi, Michael Steiner, Hans Westlund