3.5 Young people and education institutions in peripheral areas
Corresponding working group convener: Annette Aagaard Thusen, Danish Centre for Rural Research, Esbjerg-Denmark, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tialda Haartsen, University of Groningen, Groningen-The Netherlands.
To date, a lot of research has focused on outmigration of young people from rural peripheral areas to urban core areas for education and work purposes. Urban core areas thus function as escalator regions where young people come to obtain social mobility (Fielding, 1992). However, there is also a significant share of rural young people that do not leave their rural home region, or that chose to follow education in more peripheral regions. The number of institutes for professional and higher education are nonetheless fewer and less diverse in such regions and have not received much attention in the academic literature. In this session we would therefore like to investigate:
- the motives of young people to choose education in/near their home region, or in more peripheral regions;
- the role of (access to) transport and mobility, regional images and identities, and family and peer norms and values towards choosing an education in a peripheral location;
- strategies and policies to invest in education institutions to keep and attract young people to these regions;
- if and how these regions can also profit from keeping these students after their graduation.