RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF POPULATION DECLINE. CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSIS OF RELATIONS BETWEEN POPULATION DECLINE, SOCIAL RESILIENCE AND THE ROLE OF PROPERTY ABANDONMENT IN THE PROVINCE OF BRABANT
In this research the central questions and hypotheses are centered around the relation between population decline and social resilience, and the effect of property abandonment on these relationships. Special attention was paid to the definitions and operationalizations of social resilience. The data originated from the social resilience monitor of 2018, which was supplemented by additional data on contexts and property abandonment from CBS (Statistics Netherlands), as well as Gies and Naeff (2019), resulting in a sample of 9193 respondents from all municipalities in Brabant. The data was weighed and put through regression analyses. Little support was found for the relation between population decline and resilience, though social cohesion is slightly higher experienced in areas with less population growth than in areas with much population growth. Little support was also found for the effect of property abandonment, though agricultural abandonment related positively to community resilience. Though the different operationalizations of social resilience are not interchangeable, they are similar enough that investing in social cohesion would result in increasing social resilience as well. The resources people have available are more important for social resilience than the area where people live.
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