Local Resources, Territorial Development and Well-being


Local Resources, Territorial Development and Well-being

9781789908602 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jean-Christophe Dissart and Natacha Seigneuret, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 860 2 Extent: 288 pp
Using empirical evidence, this book argues for a more comprehensive view of the diversity of local resources and well-being from a territorial perspective. The first part of the book addresses the contrasting nature of local resources: in connection with proximity and governance, the ground, the past, cultural heritage sites, the snow, and energy. Well-being from multiple perspectives is examined in the second part, shedding light on sociabilities vs. income level, accessibility for pedestrians, health via urban design, life course trajectories as indicators of quality of life, and the connection between amenities and social justice.

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This timely book explores both the diversity of local resources and the interrelated issues concerning the concept of well-being. Drawing conclusions from diverse settings from across Europe and the US, chapters first begin with an analysis of the nature of local resources. The book then moves on to unpack the concept of well-being. It sheds light on topics such as the impact of urban design on health and the connection between amenities and social justice. Featuring key case studies supporting its theoretical foundations, the authors convincingly argue for a more comprehensive view of local resources and well-being from a territorial perspective.

Providing unique and innovative insights into the significance of place-specific resources and well-being, this book is of particular interest to human geography, planning, economics and sociology scholars. Chapters also feature a strong emphasis on policy recommendations.
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‘Dissart and Seigneuret’s book provides many valuable contributions that help elucidate its two main research questions: “what makes a resource a resource?” and “what contributes to well-being?”. These are complex theoretical questions that don’t have simple answers, solutions and policy insights. It is most valuable for academics, students and practitioners wanting to gain further knowledge on a range of different topics related to territorial planning and quality of life in the Global North, such as shrinking cities, economic specification, urban accessibility, healthy cities and heritagization.’
– Martin Calisto Friant, Rooilijn

‘Local Resources, Territorial Development and Well-being provides a timely and innovative contribution to the literature on regional development. The edited book explores the relationships between territorial actors and resources and local well-being. The chapters demonstrate the value of multidisciplinary approaches to territorial development in a wide variety of settings. The book will provide a valuable resource for academicians, policy makers and practitioners.’
– Gary Paul Green, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
Contributors: C. Achin, K. Basset, C. Darroux, C. Di Marco, J.-C. Dissart, J. Gensel, E. George, P. Judet, K. Koop, P. Le Quéau, A. Le Roy, D.W. Marcouiller, D. Noël, G. Novarina, F. Ottaviani, B. Parent, B. Pecqueur, J.-F. Ruault, S. Sadoux, Y. Schaeffer, N. Seigneuret, C. Sowa, M. Talandier, R. Thomas, M. Villanova-Oliver

Foreword: well-being and local resources as the basis for territorial
attractiveness xv
Benoît Parent

1 Introduction: shifting resources, multifaceted well-being 1
Jean-Christophe Dissart and Natacha Seigneuret

2 Territorial resources, proximity economics and new urban
dynamics: the case of the city of Grenoble 14
Bernard Pecqueur and Kirsten Koop
3 Reconsidering the ground: new opportunities for shrinking
cities. Lessons from the cases of Dessau and Halle 36
Charline Sowa
4 Mining the past? Alternative forms of heritagisation and local
resources in mountain territories (France, 18th–21st centuries) 58
Karine Basset, Caroline Darroux and Pierre Judet
5 Are outstanding cultural heritage sites useful territorial
resources for community development? 77
Jean-François Ruault and Magali Talandier
6 Implementation of tourism diversification in ski resorts in the
French Alps: a history of territorializing tourism 100
Emmanuelle George and Coralie Achin
7 Territorial energy transition strategies: new models for
cooperation between actors and resource management? 121
Gilles Novarina and Natacha Seigneuret

8 Beyond monetary well-being: can sociabilities offset the effects
of low income? A case study in the Grenoble metropolitan area 144
Anne Le Roy and Fiona Ottaviani
9 Accessibility of urban public space: considering the diversity of
ordinary pedestrian practices 162
Rachel Thomas
10 The British “Healthy New Towns” initiative: a step towards
reuniting planning and health? 180
Stéphane Sadoux and Cecilia Di Marco
11 A framework for describing and analysing life course
trajectories: taking a step towards studying residential
migration factors 204
Marlène Villanova-Oliver, David Noël, Jérôme Gensel and
Pierre Le Quéau
12 Natural amenities and social justice 227
Jean-Christophe Dissart, David W. Marcouiller and
Yves Schaeffer
13 Conclusion: renewal of methods and multidisciplinary curiosity 251
Natacha Seigneuret and Jean-Christophe Dissart

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