A review of rural transformation studies: Definition, measurement, and indicators

Dong WANG*, Chunlai CHEN*, Christopher FINDLAY*

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    The paper reviews studies of rural transformation in three dimensions - definition, measurement, and indicators - and summarises the findings of rural transformation research. The scope of rural transformation includes four elements - productivity, rurality, inclusiveness, and sustainability. Current concepts of the dimensions of rural transformation and their associated indicators are insufficient for policy decision-making, as they lack objectivity, feasibility, accountability, comprehensiveness, and comparability. Future research to develop new measures to assess rural transformation in developing countries is valuable. Furthermore, there is potential to explore the topic in some directions: urbanisation strategy, public intervention (i.e., institution, policy, and investment), gender inclusiveness, market creation, and international trade.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3568-3581
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Integrative Agriculture
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


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