Territories in-between urban and rural are characterised by ‘urban sprawl’ or dispersed and fragmented patterns of physical development. In the context of the goal of more sustainable development, such patterns raise questions for both scientific research and policy making (CEC, 2008). Territories in-between are often associated with unsustainable spatial development (Burchell, 1999) although more detailed investigation questions any simple generalisation. (Secchi, 2007)
The aim is to investigate how these territories function, how life in territories in-between is experienced and how they perform according to sustainable development. The ambition is to be able to integrate the gained knowledge into spatial planning practice.