Analysis of the Conformity of Rural Planning Studies with the Challenges of Rural Areas in Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Student, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran.


Rural areas are important in many respects and rural planning is one of the educational trends in geography that focuses on rural-related studies in particular. In connection with this issue and due to the importance of research, the purposeful choice of the subjects of study in this field can meet part of the needs of our rural community and on the other hand, help with policy-making factors and related decisions in formulating solutions to existing problems and issues. The research applied rural planning studies to the challenges and problems of development in rural areas. The analysis unit consisted of 150 master's theses in the Faculty of Geography of Kharazmi University. Ravar Matrix was used to prepare the self-interaction matrix and lattice density, degree centrality, inter-mediate centrality, eigenvector and clustering coefficient were used for network analysis. Ucinet was used for keyword integration and Gephi was used for graphs and grids. Afrakhteh and Riahi have been key and important professors in the group's scientific network, who also have more sci-entific connections with the group professors. The topic of sustainable development has been the main topic in the dissertations, which has received more attention, but the topic under discussion has received less attention to some of the main topics in its dimensions. Rural revitalization in the economic dimension; Sustainable conservation of resources, especially water, in the environmental dimension and the issue of rural migration in the social dimension are among the most important issues that rural studies should study more on a case-by-case basis.


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