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Role of seasonality in the socio-economic development of rural areas of the southern part of the Republic of Karelia

Authors
  • Naumov, Alexey1
  • Akimova, Varvara1
  • Elmanova, Daria1
  • Velichko, Elizaveta1
  • Topnikov, Mikhail1
  • Volkov, Maxim1
  • Khusainova, Alina1
  • Shmyd, Petr1
  • Poturaeva, Aleksandra1
  • Nosova, Elena1
  • 1 Department of Socio-Economic Geography of Foreign Countries, Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia , (Russia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Miscellanea Geographica
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Apr 30, 2020
Volume
24
Issue
2
Pages
51–61
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/mgrsd-2020-0015
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The objective of this work is to analyze the impact of seasonality on the socio-economic development of rural areas of the southern part of Karelia. This study is based on the field data obtained via semi-structured in-depth interviews with experts from the local community. The results show that the influence of seasonality is rather indirect, being a constituent of other factors: economic, infrastructural, institutional, social, etc. Although seasonality is most often perceived as a negative phenomenon regarding socio-economic development, modern types of economic activity characterized by a peak of activity in different seasons of the year mitigate the effect of seasonality and even benefit from being seasonal. Based on the materials collected, a typology of rural settlements of the southern part of Karelia based on the nature of the effect of seasonality has been developed (with a predominantly positive and predominantly negative effect).

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