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Towns, High Streets and Resilience in Scotland: a question for policy?

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Sparks L (2021) Towns, High Streets and Resilience in Scotland: a question for policy?. Sustainability, 13 (10), Art. No.: 5631. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105631

Abstract
The ‘death of the high street’ has become a common refrain, particularly in the United Kingdom, often accompanied by calls for action and demands for improved resilience in town centres and high streets. This paper considers the policy context for towns and town centres in Scotland and the recent review of the country’s approach to towns, town centres and places. With the adoption of National Outcomes linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the declaration of a Climate Emergency, the conclusion is drawn that a more fundamental and radical shift in policy is needed, if resilience of town centres is to have any meaning, and that a clearer and more widely understood conceptualization of resilience needs to be developed.

Keywords
retailing; resilience; sustainability; high streets; towns; town centres; public policy; Scotland, United Kingdom

Journal
Sustainability: Volume 13, Issue 10

StatusPublished
Publication date31/05/2021
Publication date online18/05/2021
Date accepted by journal13/05/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32610
eISSN2071-1050

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Professor Leigh Sparks
Professor Leigh Sparks

Deputy Principal, Marketing & Retail