Journal of Rural Studies Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

International and interdisciplinary in scope, the Journal of Rural Studies publishes research articles relating to such rural issues as society, demography, housing, employment, transport, services, land-use, recreation, agriculture and conservation. The journal focuses on those areas encompassing extensive land-use, with small-scale and diffuse settlement patterns and communities linked into the surrounding landscape and milieux.

Current impact factor: 2.04

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 2.348

Additional details

5-year impact 2.44
Cited half-life 8.40
Immediacy index 0.24
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.80
Website Journal of Rural Studies website
Other titles Journal of rural studies
ISSN 0743-0167
OCLC 10490841
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details


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    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Must link to publisher version with DOI
    • Author's post-print must be released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Rural Studies 10/2015; 41:95-108. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.07.007
  • Journal of Rural Studies 10/2015; 41:82-94. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.08.001
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores the specific mechanisms of power in participatory rural planning projects. It follows up on suggestions in planning literature about directing focus at the relational level in the assessment of power, rather than on who has power and who doesn't. The paper argues that in such an assessment of power it is needed also to drawn in the social context because different social contexts will be more or less vulnerable to different mechanisms of power. The paper takes the stand the rural settings are especially vulnerable to dis-engagement of local citizens, sub-ordination of the rural by the urban privilege to define the rural qualities and creation of local conflicts and that mechanisms of power that cause such unintended outcomes of rural planning projects should be uncovered. Inspired by Foucault's interpretation of power the paper carries out a grounded theory inspired analysis of a Danish rural participatory planning project. The paper concludes that rural planning literature and analysis will benefits from paying attention to the three – in rural participatory planning projects – specific mechanisms of power ‘Institutionalising knowledge and competencies’; ‘Structuring of criticism’ and ‘Undermining the objectives of the others’
    Journal of Rural Studies 08/2015; 40. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.05.006
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    ABSTRACT: The UK has had a Temporary Migrant Worker Programme (TMWP) for agricultural ‘guestworkers’ since 1943. Most recently referred to as the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS), SAWS accommodated 25,000 workers per annum by its 2004 peak. However, the UK government then announced the scheme's closure (initially for 2011, but then delayed until 2014). This paper examines employers' response to this closure and, specifically, juxtaposes the academic critiques of TMWPs with the very strong employer preference for them. This preference, the paper concludes, is about the way in which TMWPs allow labour to be more readily and more extensively controlled, and, also allow employers access to ‘better quality’ workers. Considering these benefits of quality and control, alongside the academic critiques, the paper concludes that SAWS should be retained, but with major changes and safeguards.
    Journal of Rural Studies 08/2015; 40. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.05.005
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    ABSTRACT: In response to rural restructuring, many communities throughout the Rocky Mountain West have shifted from extractive and land-intensive industries to service-based economies, contributing to significant socio-cultural change for local residents, including ranchers. This exploratory study uses social capital as a heuristic device to examine ranchers' perspectives on the way in which mountain resort tourism and amenity migration have affected their patterns of socialization in the ranchlands surrounding Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Findings indicate the importance of both formal and informal bonding and bridging networks within the ranching community. While the introduction of amenity migrants and their differing perceptions on land ownership and management appear to have affected opportunities for informal rancher social interaction, both amongst one another and with their new neighbors, they seem to have encouraged ranchers to band together to protect their livelihoods through informal collective efforts and the formal creation of bridging networks. This indicates that conflict can instigate social capital development and contribute to positive outcomes, such as empowerment and grassroots democracy. Mountain resort tourism and amenity migration therefore appear to present both opportunities and challenges that are altering the nature of rancher social interactions, but not necessarily diminishing their social capital.
    Journal of Rural Studies 08/2015; 41:59-71. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.07.005
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    ABSTRACT: Restructuring within European agriculture is an ever-emerging phenomenon shaped by a reforming Common Agricultural Policy agenda, and increased concentration within the food industry. As an element of reorganisation within Irish agriculture, a new phase of expansion into horticulture emerged in the late 1990s. This happened in correspondence with the introduction of a more concentrated retail market and within the context of specific labour market policies developed to facilitate a flexible workforce. Thus, producers were encouraged to expand production and divert from constraints associated within mainstream farming, as part of a wider entrepreneurial drive within agriculture. Regime change such as has taken place within horticulture corresponds with Guthman's valorisation thesis i.e. moving from so-called commodity crops to speciality crops in an attempt at overcoming a crisis in overproduction (2004). Within this context, ‘health’ emerges as an iteration of a localisation strategy and an attempt to counter the negative effects of globalisation. As the sector has undergone significant contraction, an unintended legacy of this valorisation project has been innovation in migrant workers' (the labour force) reproduction strategies and a dynamic engagement with the rural space. Taken together, these changes foreground the role of intergovernmental policy in shaping rural productive spaces in unintended ways. Furthermore, it suggests that more research needs to focus on health as a production system and the multi-dimensional factors that position it within a food chain context.
    Journal of Rural Studies 08/2015; 40:21-29. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.05.007
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    ABSTRACT: FREE ACCESS UNTIL 15 August This paper draws on the transition literature to examine niche-regime interaction. Specifically it aims to reveal and contribute to an understanding of the processes that link sustainable agriculture innovation networks to the agricultural regime. It analyses findings from participatory workshops with actors in 17 Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture (LINSA) across Europe. Framing linkage as an adaptive process, whereby regime actors and entities adapt to incorporate LINSA, and vice versa, reveals different patterns and processes of adaptation. Five adaptation modes are distinguished and described corresponding to different levels of adaptation between LINSA and the agricultural regime. Understanding adaptive linkage processes within and across these modes as reflexive, learning and networking processes enabled and facilitated by individuals and organisations provides more insights into linkage processes than a hierarchical approach. Analysis of results from 17 LINSA from a number of different contexts across Europe allows a broad empirical analysis and an overview of the interplay of processes contributing to the agricultural regime’s adaptive capacity.
    Journal of Rural Studies 08/2015; 40:59-75. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.06.003
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    ABSTRACT: Concerns about water scarcity and management have focused attention on the relationship between agriculture and other competing water uses. This research aims to evaluate the perceptions of and preferences for irrigation use and management in a rural area and it does so through an analysis of stakeholder attitudes in a large irrigation system in Southern France: the Neste System. The stakeholder analysis approach and the governance model approach are applied in combination with a new form of graphical representation to evaluate the conflicting points of view between stakeholder’s profiles, which are called TIMA. Results revealed that there are heterogeneities between the preferences of stakeholder groups regarding water resources management, agricultural practices, and irrigation challenges. Qualitative and graphical results highlight the competing topics, the stakeholder relationships and the ability to secure permanent agreements by promoting participatory development and good governance. These results can be used by the relevant authorities to customize their interventions, knowing beforehand and in a well-structured form which are the different stakeholders’ priorities. In this way more effective avenues of communication can be established in the decision-making processes regarding irrigation challenges.
    Journal of Rural Studies 07/2015; Accepted. In revision.
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    ABSTRACT: The paper draws on recent debates in the study of the space economy to explicate the development of a newly differentiated global countryside. Using a case study of the Cromwell District in the Central Otago region of New Zealand, we show how a place long valued for its natural and recreational amenity has been re-assembled in recent times by new configurations of actors, some well-established in the region, and others more recent amenity migrants from within New Zealand and overseas, engaging in regionally novel combinations of investment and economic practice. These actors have exploited Cromwell District's amenity repertoire in a process of creative enhancement by putting vineyards and wine-making in a spectacular high country landscape. Importantly, the result of the early stages of these developments has been further to enhance the region's amenity repertoire, attracting more migrants and investment. Our study shows therefore how places can and do 're-resource' in processes of globalisation and amenity migration, in this case by developing new networks associated with the international wine trade, regional and global flows of domestic and international tourists, real estate development and the growth of related service industries. As a consequence we have been able to engage constructively with very recent interpretations of amenity migration and rural economic, social and landscape change in the Antipodes.
    Journal of Rural Studies 06/2015; 39. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.03.010
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    ABSTRACT: Many parts of rural America have experienced various types of reverse migration flows from urban areas since the 1970s. Recent rural in-migration is increasingly driven by people seeking natural amenities, and tends to concentrate in traditional natural resource-based communities or wildland–urban interface areas. These communities are often at risk from a variety of ecological disturbances (e.g., insects, wildfires, and droughts) that are expected to be exacerbated by environmental change across different scales. A common strategy in studying the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of rural in-migration is to compare rural migrants to non-migrants on relevant perceptions, attitudes, and activities. However, despite the highly dynamic nature of rural population change, few studies have assessed temporal shifts in migrant-nonmigrant differences. Alaska's Kenai Peninsula has experienced both a large spruce bark beetle outbreak and substantial in-migration in recent decades. Drawing on longitudinal survey data (2004 and 2008) from six rural communities there, this study explores the evolution of differences between newer and longer-term rural residents in community experience, perceptions, and activeness in response to the beetle outbreak. The analysis revealed newcomers initially indicated higher degrees of perceived tree mortality and forest risks, but lower levels of community wildfire experience, satisfaction with private landowners and government land managers, and participation in typical community activities and community response to the beetle disturbance when compared with longer-term residents. The difference between the two resident groups in community activeness became even greater over the four-year study period despite a general trend of coalescent community emergency experience and perceptions among local residents.
    Journal of Rural Studies 06/2015; 39. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.03.007