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The Role of Spatial Scale andSpatial Interactions in SustainableDevelopment

Alan Grainger

Introduction

The spatial dimension of sustainable development has so far been rather neglected (Niu et al, 1993; Van den Bergh, 1996). For geographers, who have a particular interest in the analysis of spatial phenomena, this is both a crucial gap and an area in which they can make a significant contribution to improving our general understanding of sustainable development. It is beyond the scope of this chapter to cover all spatial aspects of sustainable development, so the focus here is on the role of spatial scale and spatial interactions. This seems highly appropriate, as much previous research has concentrated on studying sustainable development ...

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