3.3 Dynamics of gender, place and population flows in Nordic rural areas
Corresponding working group convener: Helene Pristed Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark, email@example.com
Eugenia Segerstedt, Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Sweden
Susanna Lundberg, Malmö Högskola, Sweden
Hanna Uddbäck, Götheborgs Universitet
Gry Paulgaard, Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway
Firouz Gaini, University of the Faroe Islands
Nordic rural areas have for a long time been characterized by gendered outmigration, whereby predominantly young women have left rural areas to move to urban centres. Recently, however, other trends are emerging, including counter-urbanisation causing immigration to rural areas. To this phenomenon, one can add new population groups arriving in rural areas as refugees and asylum seekers. This workshop asks how these population flows impact places, social relations, cultural values and local structures – and vice versa: how can places, social relations, cultural values and local structures potentially attract population groups? This perspective also entails that we are interested in the role of structural factors, such as local labour markets, infrastructure, educational opportunities etc. The workshop particularly welcomes presentations which address these questions taking gender perspectives into account.
Discussions on Nordic rural areas and urban communities in those rural areas according to the abstract above are suggested to be conducted in the form of a seminar/round table discussion. Each presenter should prepare a short speech on what new discoveries were made in the research front in this topic as well as shortly present one’s own research question and results, in 5-8 minutes. After everyone has presented the discussion begins on research trends, differences and common results as well as other questions that may evolve during the seminar. The notes from the seminar will be available for those interested in them afterwards.