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Helena Martínez-Cabrera
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – Facultade de Ciencias Económicas e Empresariais
Spain
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7900-7819
Gonzalo Rodríguez- Rodríguez
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – Facultade de Ciencias Económicas e Empresariais
Spain
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8312-5698
Hugo M. Ballesteros
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – Facultade de Ciencias Económicas e Empresariais
Spain
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7644-3746
Vol 29 No 2 (2020): Special Issue: Socio-economic challenges of demographic change, Articles, pages 1-18
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15304/rge.29.2.6909
Submitted: 30-05-2020 Accepted: 01-10-2020 Published: 16-10-2020
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Evidence of the irreversibility of certain social changes has been accumulating in recent years, but both the processes by which perceptions of irreversibility are formed and the relationships between those elements that feed them remain largely unexplored. This work deals with the contribution of land uses to the creation of liveable rural areas, one of the main socio-economic challenges to be faced. Interviews with 10 experts were conducted in 2016 to collect perceptions among forest owners. Through a Causal Loop Diagram, a model of perceived well-being is developed capturing present dynamics between social and natural subsystems as well as their possibilities for change. The results confirm that variables such as self-efficacy, sense of place, or sense of control underlie a perception of irreversibility and reduce the scope for collective action. The need to consider the population’s perception in designing effective rural policies is underlined.

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