Peacock, Adam James (2022) The opportunities and challenges of governing mobility in the rural-urban fringe - a study of Warrington, UK. Doctoral thesis, Keele University.

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The rural-urban fringe is a complex space, yet one increasingly being viewed as a unique, positive opportunity space (Scott et al., 2013). It is characterised by a flexible, contextspecific spatial form and is subject to governance pressures by both local and national public authorities (Gallent, 2006). Crucially, the rural-urban fringe is also often conceptualised as a ‘space of flows’ (Ros-Tonen et al., 2015) – characterised by the movement of people, goods, money and services – and thus has an inherently unique mobility potential to it. Yet, the ways in which this ‘mobility potential’ itself is governed remains a gap within the literature, which instead only focuses on the ‘rural’ vs. ‘urban’ dichotomy in such spaces and thus the flows therein (Scott, 2019a). This thesis argues that a more pluralistic ‘territorial’ and ‘relational’ perspective on how mobility is governed in the rural-urban fringe is conducive to transgressing this limited dichotomy. It aims to set the foundation for this by focusing on Warrington in the UK. Using a metagovernance approach, it explores how the state ‘metagoverns’ specific organisations and institutions across a variety of hierarchal scales and assesses how this creates inherent challenges and opportunities of governing mobility in the rural-urban fringe. In doing so, the thesis develops a foundation upon which to consider how the rural-urban fringe is not necessarily
just a product of the rural and urban, but holds particular, intrinsic and mobility-centred
properties, functions, challenges and opportunities - of which require an explicit
governance focus.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: Embargo on access until 1 January 2024 - The thesis is due for publication, or the author is actively seeking to publish this material.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography > GF31 Human Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Contributors: Pemberton, S (Thesis advisor)
Depositing User: Lisa Bailey
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 10:22
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 16:32

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