A place-based approach to population sustainability: Demographic and economic change at the local level in Fife, Scotland

David McCollum*, Hebe Nicholson, Paula Duffy

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Abstract

Population sustainability is a prevalent yet nebulous concept within academic and policy debates surrounding the nature and consequences of demographic and economic change. This research seeks to add nuance to understandings of population sustainability in ageing societies. The fiscal challenges posed by population ageing mean that more and more states are implementing specific policies in response to it, with limited degrees of success thus far. This investigation examines place-based understandings of population sustainability on the part of local stakeholders in a region of Scotland, a country facing significant demographic challenges and which is enacting policy measures specifically aimed at promoting population sustainability. The findings suggest that the on-the-ground realities of population sustainability are nuanced and complex. As such, there is scope for greater attention to the diversity and complexities of population and economic change at the sub-national scale in broader academic conceptualisations of and policy responses to the increasingly pressing issue of population sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalLocal Economy
Early online date13 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • ageing
  • demographic change
  • place-based policy
  • population policy
  • population sustainability
  • Scotland
  • stakeholder perspectives

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