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The Changing Nature of Investment in Rural Assets

  • Nick Gallent
  • Iqbal Hamiduddin
  • Meri Juntti
  • Nicola Livingstone
  • Phoebe Stirling
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Abstract

Themes explored in this chapter include rural land investment, acquisition and consolidation. The chapter addresses five questions. First, what have been the recent patterns of rural land acquisition and consolidation, particularly those driven by new investors? Second, what approaches characterise investment, passive and indirect or active and direct? Third, who are the investors in rural land? Fourth, what are the motives behind investment in rural land assets? Fifth, and finally, how do investment motives and strategies link to emerging place-based impacts? The big question tackled here is who is investing in rural land assets and for what reason. The chapter flags the profit-seeking nature of land investment (and financialisation) alongside personal motivations.

Keywords

Rural areas Land Investors Investment Motivations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Gallent
    • 1
  • Iqbal Hamiduddin
    • 2
  • Meri Juntti
    • 3
  • Nicola Livingstone
    • 2
  • Phoebe Stirling
    • 2
  1. 1.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.University College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Law and PoliticsMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK

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