Managing Population Decline in Europe's Urban and Rural Areas

  • Gert-Jan Hospers
  • Nol Reverda

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 1-5
  3. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 7-17
  4. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 19-27
  5. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 29-37
  6. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 39-46
  7. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 47-56
  8. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 57-67
  9. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 69-78
  10. Gert-Jan Hospers, Nol Reverda
    Pages 79-81
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 83-88

About this book


This book explores the challenges population decline presents for Europe’s urban and rural areas. It features recent demographic data and trends not only for Europe as a whole, but also for selected countries, and compares growth and shrinkage from a historical as well as a theoretical perspective. In addition, the book critically reviews relevant notions from geography, sociology, and public administration. It also identifies good practices across Europe.

Throughout, theories are complemented with concrete examples and proposals are made on how to tackle demographic shrinkage in European cities and villages, from attempts to attract new residents to the countryside to innovative ways to guarantee public services. In the end, the authors conclude that solving the challenges caused by population decline require novel ways of thinking and provide answers to such future-oriented questions as: how to ensure the quality of life in an environment that is inhabited by fewer and older people, what investments are needed, and which actors should be involved.

Managing Population Decline in Europe’s Urban and Rural Areas offers detailed coverage of an underestimated and complex governance issue that asks for solutions in which citizens have to play an important role. It concludes that shrinkage requires a rethink of the specific tasks and roles of government and presents a way forward based on initiatives currently underway throughout Europe. The book will be a valuable resource for population policy makers as well as students and researchers interested in human geography, urban planning, rural development, European studies, public administration, and other social sciences.


Ageing of European Countries Demographic shrinkage Europe's regional and local scale Excess of deaths over birds Level of urban and rural areas Low fertility rates Policy responses Population decline

Authors and affiliations

  • Gert-Jan Hospers
    • 1
  • Nol Reverda
    • 2
  1. 1.Nijmegen School of ManagementUniversity of Twente, Management & Governance, Enschede, The Netherlands & Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Expertise Centre Demographic ChangesZuyd University of Applied Sciences, Research Center Social Integration, Maastricht, The Netherlands & NeimedHeerlenThe Netherlands

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