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Urban growth in northern peripheries and new development opportunities for sparsely populated hinterlands

The project investigates how rapid urban growth in northern peripheries has impacted on ‘spillover’ of human capital and regional development opportunities into rural areas, using case studies from northern Sweden, Australia and Alaska.

The research examines the movements of people between northern cities and their sparsely populated hinterlands, and how these ‘mobilities’ have contributed to the development of human, economic, social and cultural capital in rural communities. We compare the experiences of capital spillover between Umeå and northern Sweden, Darwin and the Northern Territory of Australia, and Anchorage and Alaska. The project combines quantitative analyses of population mobility patterns, analysis of regional development policies, and qualitative case studies of hinterland communities in northern Sweden, Australia and Alaska.

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Title of Project

Cities of the North: Urbanisation, mobilities and new development opportunities for sparsely populated hinterlands

Project Period

09/27/2016 - 12/31/2020

Subject areas

Human geography, Economic geography

Head of research

Doris Carson, Department of Economic History


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