3.2 The role of multi-local identities and relations for rural development
Corresponding working group convener: Karin Topsø Larsen, Centre for Regional and Tourism Research, email: kl@CRT.dk
Lene Havtorn Larsen, Centre for Regional and Tourism Research
Rikke Brandt Broegaard, Centre for Regional and Tourism Research
Inspired by international migration research, this workshop will explore the potentials of a ”migration-development nexus”, i.e. understanding migration and development as connected, and focusing on the resources and networks that in-migrated new residents as well as engaged part-time residents bring to specific rural areas. The workshop will discuss migration and demography in a Nordic rural context based on an understanding of increasing multi-local attachments, engagement and identities. Further, the workshop is driven by a desire to understand the developmental outcomes of relations and networks between non-residents, between non-residents and residents as well as engagement in specific `causes´ in rural localities. The workshop will discuss the following key questions: What motivates non-resident’s engagement in specific rural localities (i.e. places where they do not reside full time)? How are the initiatives, networks and resources offered or activated by engaged non-residents received and possibly orchestrated by the local community? Which theoretical frameworks/concepts can we propose to better understand and analyse observed developments? What risks or potential pitfalls may be associated with a development and resource-oriented approach to migration?
Paper presentations, discussants and debate