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Local Resources, Territorial Development and Well-being

Edited by Jean-Christophe Dissart and Natacha Seigneuret, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
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.
Extent: c 288 pp
Hardback Price: $145.00 Web: $130.50
Publication Date: January 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78990 860 2
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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.
‘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 include: 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
By Benoît Parent

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

2. Territorial resources, proximity economics and new urban dynamics: The case of the city of Grenoble
Bernard Pecqueur and Kirsten Koop

3. Reconsidering the ground: New opportunities for shrinking cities. Lessons from the cases of Dessau and Halle
Charline Sowa

4. Mining the past? Alternative forms of heritagisation and local resources in mountain territories (France, 18th–21st centuries)
Karine Basset, Caroline Darroux and Pierre Judet

5. Are outstanding cultural heritage sites useful territorial resources for community development?
Jean-François Ruault and Magali Talandier

6. Implementation of tourism diversification in ski resorts in the French Alps: A history of territorializing tourism
Emmanuelle George and Coralie Achin

7. Territorial energy transition strategies: New models for cooperation between actors and resource management?
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
Anne Le Roy and Fiona Ottaviani

9. Accessibility of urban public space: Considering the diversity of ordinary pedestrian practices
By Rachel Thomas

10. The British “Healthy New Towns” initiative: A step towards reuniting planning and health?
Stéphane Sadoux and Cecilia Di Marco

11. A framework for describing and analysing life course trajectories: Taking a step towards studying residential migration factors
Marlène Villanova-Oliver, David Noël, Jérôme Gensel and Pierre Le Quéau

12. Natural amenities and social justice
Jean-Christophe Dissart, David W. Marcouiller and Yves Schaeffer

13. Conclusion: Renewal of methods and multidisciplinary curiosity
Natacha Seigneuret and Jean-Christophe Dissart