Demographic Change and Local Development

    NOW AVAILABLE - LEED WORKING PAPER ON DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT: SHRINKAGE, REGENERATION AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS (RELEASED MARCH 2012)

     

    Demographic change is one of the key challenges today for local employment development together with globalisation, knowledge/technological shift, climate change, and addressing poverty and inclusiveness.


    Strategic solutions must take into account the interplay of spatial, industrial and social dynamics within a particular local area of development (urban or rural).

     

    At the same time that there are important challenges to be addressed, there are also opportunities to be fostered such as the development of the “silver” economy where new technologies, products and services emerge for older customers, the “white” economy of medical services for the elderly population, or the natural “green” advantage of shrinking areas.