Studying the Development of Rural Areas in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province Using PROMETHEE Method
Purpose- The cities of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province are in a deplorable condition in terms of rural development indices. The proper planning for optimal allocation of resources requires the analysis of development indices in the province, so that we can attain balanced and exhaustive development by capitalizing on existing forces and capacities of the cities to bring about prosperity and happiness for all people. In the present study, in order to identify the current status of development in the province and its rural areas, we have used eight effective criteria and 40 items (sub-criteria) to identify and classify rural areas in this city and rural areas. Design/methodology/approach- This is a descriptive-analytical study with an applied approach that adopts a regional approach to the geographical area. In order to model the level of development, according to the goals of the research, the development indices of the province were collected based on library resources. After identifying and reviewing the study indices, the weight of each index was determined based on the mathematical models used in the PROMETHEE decision making method. Finally, the results were entered in GIS software and the output maps were drawn. Findings- The results suggest that Boyer-Ahmad city with the highest net output flow is highly developed, followed by Basht and Lande cities. Originality /Value- This paper is categorized as new rural studies as it investigates 602 villages in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province using a PROMETHEE decision-making method. The results of this study can have many implications for rural planning researchers.