Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Remote Working on Urban-Rural Dynamics

At R-Map, we’re on a mission to understand, forecast and suggest ways to address the impacts of remote working arrangements on the spatial (including environmental), economic and social facets of the urban-rural divide in Europe. We base our research on the premise that bridging the urban-rural divide is a persistent challenge in Europe, with three distinct dimensions: spatial, economic, and societal. Remote working arrangements have an impact on all three dimensions and consequently on the urban-rural divide as a whole, complex phenomenon.

As remote work continues to reshape the way we live and work, we recognize the importance of exploring its effects on communities and economies. Our leaders and policymakers need to act fast in order to embrace the positive aspects of remote work and find solutions to meet the changing demands of the future workforce. By integrating various data sources and advanced modeling techniques, R-Map will enable policymakers to monitor and assess how RWAs affect people, communities, space, economy, and environment in urban and rural regions.

R-MAP’s goals


Gain Insights into Current Remote Work Arrangements:
  • Analyse the various formats and manifestations of remote working arrangements.

  • Understand their potential socio-economic and spatial effects, as well as their impact on working and living conditions.


Develop a Framework to Assess Impacts:
  • Create a robust framework to comprehensively evaluate the social, economic and spatial impacts of remote work.


Create a User-Friendly Visualization Platform:
  • Design and implement an intuitive platform for decision-makers to visualize the impact and trends of remote work.


Predict and Evaluate Effects in Regional Use Cases:
  • Forecast the effects of remote working arrangements and evaluate their potential impacts in six regional use cases.


Engage Policymakers and Stakeholders:
  • Actively involve policymakers and stakeholders in shaping the future of remote work policies and strategies.


Communicate and Deploy Synergies:
  • Foster communication and collaboration among stakeholders to maximize the impact of remote work initiatives and strategies.

FOR WHOM? (key stakeholders that will benefit from the project)

Policy makers, public administration, EU institutions

Policy makers,
public administration,
EU institutions

Business & Industry - Employers

Business & Industry – Employers





Business & Industry - Urban planners, real estate agents, architects

Business & Industry – Urban planners,
real estate agents, architects

Civil Society

Civil Society