Int. J. of Sustainable Development   »   2009 Vol.12, No.1

 

 

Title: Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder: a logistic regression analysis of sustainability and locality as competitive vehicles for human settlements

 

Author: Aliye Ahu Gulumser, Tuzin Baycan-Levent, Peter Nijkamp

 

Addresses:
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Istanbul Technical University, Taskisla, 34437, Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey.
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Istanbul Technical University, Taskisla, 34437, Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey.
Department of Spatial Economics, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Abstract: The present paper aims to investigate the role of creative practices for settlements, with a special focus on the 'Associations of the Most Beautiful Villages' in France and Italy. The paper focuses on the critical parameters of a locality related to the attractiveness of villages from the perspective of visitors and the role of the above-mentioned Associations from the perspective of the local population. Data and information used are derived from in-depth questionnaires filled out by relevant experts from 32 villages. In order to achieve this aim, a multivariate statistical technique, viz. logistic regression, is deployed. The study presents the preliminary results of the analysis on the roles of non-profit organisations in the marketing of settlements regarding their performance in terms of creativity, innovativeness and competitiveness. The results show that the Associations play a crucial role in sustainable development and create an attractive image for villages.

 

Keywords: sustainability; sustainable development; most beautiful villages; rural areas; locality; cultural heritage; logistic regression analysis; human settlements; creativity; France; Italy; non-profit organisations; marketing; innovativeness; innovation; competitiveness.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2009.027530

 

Int. J. of Sustainable Development, 2009 Vol.12, No.1, pp.95 - 110

 

Available online: 28 Jul 2009

 

 

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