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A good life outside the city? Relocation as a strategy for families in search of a socially sustainable everyday life outside the metropolitan areas

Research project The objective of this research project is to analyse counter-urban migration as a relocation strategy in order to improve the social sustainability of daily life (i.e. better work-life-balance and quality of life) among families with young children in Sweden. The project tries to understand how the organization of daily life can motivate moving out from metropolitan areas, but also how the daily life is perceived among families that has undertaken such move.

The project will deploy a mixed methods approach collecting survey and interview data from families moving out of the metropolitan areas of Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. In order to provide a wider analysis of counter-urban migration, the focus will not be limited to specific destinations, such as rural areas, but will embrace all moves out from the metropolitan areas to all parts of Sweden; cities, towns and small settlements. Thereby this research will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the counter-urban migration behaviour among families with young children recognise how families’ organisation of their daily life before and after the counter-urban move is associated with their decision to move, and their experience of the move.

Head of project

Emma Lundholm
Associate professor
E-mail
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Project overview

Project period:

2019-01-01 2021-12-31

Funding

Swedish Research Council: 2018-01257

2019-01-01 - 2019-12-31 1 366 667 SEK

2020-01-01 - 2020-12-31 1 366 667 SEK

2021-01-01 - 2021-12-31 1 366 666 SEK

Total: 4 100 000 SEK

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research subject

Human geography

Project description

The objective of this research project is to analyse counter-urban migration as a relocation strategy in order to improve the social sustainability of daily life (i.e. better work-life-balance and quality of life) among families with young children in Sweden. Previous research in Sweden on counter-urban migration consists mainly of register based studies failing to address the complexity of factors in daily life. In international counterurbanisation studies, lifestyle is often either overlooked or treated in a simplified manner emphasising “the rural idyll” rather than embracing the complexity of daily lives. The project will deploy a mixed methods approach collecting survey and interview data from families moving out of the metropolitan areas of Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. In order to provide a wider analysis of counter-urban migration, the focus will not be limited to specific destinations, such as rural areas, but will embrace all moves out from the metropolitan areas to all parts of Sweden; cities, towns and small settlements. Thereby this research will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the counter-urban migration behaviour among families with young children recognise how families’ organisation of their daily life before and after the counter-urban move is associated with their decision to move, and their experience of the move.