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Rurbanization—Making the City Greener: Young Citizen Implication and Future Actions

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  • Andreea Orîndaru

    () (Marketing Department, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010404 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Mihaela Constantinescu

    () (Marketing Department, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010404 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Claudia-Elena Țuclea

    () (Tourism and Geography Department, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010404 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Ștefan-Claudiu Căescu

    () (Marketing Department, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010404 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Margareta Stela Florescu

    () (Administration and Public Management Department, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010404 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Ionel Dumitru

    () (Marketing Department, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010404 Bucharest, Romania)

Abstract

City life has become the norm for most of the global population and building sustainable cities is a growing trend, together with an increased focus on healthier lifestyles in urban settings. Given this framework, the concept of ‘rurbanization’ is gaining momentum as more and more people are interested in bringing natural green spaces within the urban setting. For this purpose, a research (online survey on a sample of 500 respondents) was developed to discover youths’ perceptions on what a sustainable city means, their perspectives on the urbanization problems, and willingness to take action towards improving the green aspects of their urban life. Results revealed that sustainable life perception vary a lot across the young generation, but opinions on what are the city life issues tend to converge to similar points, such as air quality, disconnection with nature, greenhouse effect, urban heat islands, and water quality. When it comes to rurbanization solutions for a greener urban life, young people lean more towards individual solutions, be it an easy and short-term one, such as endowing their home with more green plants, or a more drastic one, such as moving altogether from the city area towards greener locations. Results were also used in designing a conceptual model for actions towards rurbanization.

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  • Andreea Orîndaru & Mihaela Constantinescu & Claudia-Elena Țuclea & Ștefan-Claudiu Căescu & Margareta Stela Florescu & Ionel Dumitru, 2020. "Rurbanization—Making the City Greener: Young Citizen Implication and Future Actions," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(17), pages 1-19, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:12:y:2020:i:17:p:7175-:d:407877
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    Keywords

    city greenspace; rurbanization; sustainable development; youth citizens;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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