S. Keim-Klärner, Josef Bernard, S. Bischof, C. van Dülmen, A. Klärner, A. Steinführer. 2021. Analyzing social disadvantage in rural peripheries in Czechia and Eastern Germany: Conceptual model and study design. . Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries. 43 s. ISBN 978-3-86576-218-4. Available from:

The aim of this Working Paper is to introduce a conceptual model and study design for
researching social disadvantage in rural peripheries, focusing on the interplay of social
disadvantage and spatial disadvantage. The paper presents the theoretical concepts,
understandings, and definitions, as well as the research design we draw on in the international
research project ‘Social disadvantage in rural peripheries in Czechia and eastern Germany:
opportunity structures and individual agency in a comparative perspective.


urban and rural studies
social inequalities
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