Classification of rural areas in Europe using social sustainability indicators

Social sustainability is “one of the three legs of the sustainability stool” (the other two are environmental and economic. There is limited literature that focuses on social sustainability to the extent that a comprehensive study of this concept is still missing. As a result, there have been very few attempts to define social sustainability as an independent dimension of sustainable development. Social sustainability is related to social capital, social inclusion, social exclusion and social cohesion in rural economies, terms that are measured by relevant social sustainability indicators. This paper aims to measure these indicators and to compare them. In order to measure these indicators, a household survey carried out in the context of the research project CAP-IRE. This survey included eleven case study areas in nine case study areas of the European Union. From the results of this survey we measured a set of economic and social sustainability indicators. We have selected the main social sustainability indicators on which we based on to proceed to the ranking of the eleven European rural areas.

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