2019 journal article

New landscapes of conflict: land-use competition at the urban-rural fringe

LANDSCAPE RESEARCH, 44(4), 418–429.

By: D. Jensen*, T. Baird* & G. Blank n

author keywords: Land-use conflict; Land-use change; Land-cover change; urban-rural fringe; spatial analysis
UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
15. Life on Land (Web of Science)
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Added: June 4, 2019

Abstract Land-use conflict research generally focuses on conflicts where pre-existing opponents respond to the introduction of a new unwanted land-use. We select a 2008 land-use conflict to explore an understudied scenario: urban–rural fringe (URF) expansion can introduce new opposing stakeholders into areas with pre-existing unwanted land-uses. We use spatial analysis methods to measure the rate and direction of URF expansion in relation to a vacated cement facility that had been approved for revitalisation in 2008, motivating a land-use conflict between competing stakeholders. Findings indicate that the cement facility and surrounding land-uses had been continuously used for similar noxious activities since 1964, but URF expansion changed the area’s surrounding landscape from rural-majority to urban-majority prior to the 2008 land-use conflict. The association between URF expansion and space-related drivers of land-use conflict is a necessary consideration when studying increasingly urbanised landscapes.