Re-thinking residential mobility: linking lives through time and space

Rory Coulter, Maarten Van Ham, Allan MacKay Findlay

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While researchers are increasingly re-conceptualizing international migration, far less attention has been devoted to re-thinking short-distance residential mobility and immobility. In this paper we harness the life course approach to propose a new conceptual framework for residential mobility research. We contend that residential mobility and immobility should be re-conceptualized as relational practices that link lives through time and space while connecting people to structural conditions. Re-thinking and re-assessing residential mobility by exploiting new developments in longitudinal analysis will allow geographers to understand, critique and address pressing societal challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-374
Number of pages23
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number3
Early online date16 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Life course
  • Linked lives
  • Population geography
  • Practice
  • Relationality
  • Residential mobility


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