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Cluster 4: Travel, Migration, Housing, and Labour Markets

Cluster 4 has a focus on topics related to travel, migration, housing and labour markets. Obviously these topics are crucial in the economy and more knowledge is needed about their complex interactions. Worldwide, there is more migration than ever before challenging adjustment processes in regional labour and housing markets. Daily or weekly commuting between home and work constitute a significant part of all travels made, hence transport investment projects have to deal with this type of mobility. Migration and commuting decisions in general may be related to flexibility in transportation, job accessibility and governmental regulations. Moreover preferences to change residence or to obtain certain amenities in specific residential locations interact with expectations about local labour and housing market situation. Consequently, place of work and place of living are generally considered to be endogenous variables. Further, earned income or income prospects are important for the affordability of appropriate housing in suitable places. It may have an impact on commuting distance, and influence decisions about whether to move, to postpone a relocation decision or to stay.

NECTAR Cluster 4 encompasses theoretical and empirical research that focuses on analysis that increase the understanding of these linked topics, methodologically as well as for policy implications.

Cluster 4 Co-chairs

oslandLiv Osland is Professor at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). She has also worked at the BI Norwegian Business School and the Stord/Haugesund University College in Haugesund, Norway. She has been teaching courses like microeconomics, public economics, health economics, empirical market analysis and Risk Management and insurance. She is chairing the course of applied methods at the University College. Her main research interest is in regional economics comprising housing markets, and how this market interacts with the labour market and transportation. She has also published works dealing with applied spatial econometrics and the valuation of non-market goods. An overview of her publications can be found at http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SC0zMGUAAAAJ&hl=en

John Östh is senior lecturer at Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University. His primary research interest is oriented towards Spatial Analysis and GIS, software development and quantitative analysis in population and economic geography with special focus on demography and migration, school choice and labour market opportunities, and more recently also the geography of human interaction on the Internet and through mobile phone usage. See http://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N2-980 for his personal website.

HaasAnetteAnette Haas studied economics at the University of Regensburg, specializing in regional and municipal economics, econometrics and empirical macroeconomics. She obtained her degree in 1996 (Diplomvolkswirtin). From 1994 to 1995 Ms Haas undertook a course of study abroad at the University of Saragossa in Spain under the Erasmus Programme. She has been working as a researcher at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) since 1997. Her research tasks revolve around the analysis of regional labour markets and the spacial mobility of labour, as well as the disparities and dynamics of the labour market. More information about her can be found here:  http://www.iab.de/en/ueberblick/mitarbeiter.aspx/Mitarbeiter/52

SultanaSelima Sultana (PhD, 2000, Geography, University of Georgia, USA) is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Geography at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA. Her research foci are in the area of Urban and Transportation Geography interested in the commuting patterns of individuals, households, and among different race/ethnic groups, focusing on how people negotiate the conflicting demands of household responsibilities and the changing urban settings of their lives. Other topics that she has investigated are accessibility and transportation equity among different race/ethnic and immigrants groupsHer research has been supported by the Department of Transportation through the University Transportation Center of Alabama, Center for Sustainability at Auburn University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Guilford County Child Development.  Dr. Sultana is currently working on some funded projects and on two books: one is on the modern modes of transportation around the world, another on the National Parks. Please visit her website for more information on her publications: http://www.uncg.edu/geo/sultana.html

Cluster activities

  • Special Session at the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) congress in Jönköping, August 2010. Overall 18 papers were presented.
  • Special Session at the NECTAR XII International Conference at the Azores, May 2013. Overall 18 papers were presented.
  • Special Session at the 10th international world congress of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) in Thailand, May 2014. The congress was cancelled in the last minute due to a military coup.
  • NECTAR, Cluster 4 meeting Sigtuna Stocholm, 2014. Overall 13 papers were presented. The meeting was arranged by professor Kerstin Westin at the Umeå University
  • Special Session at the NECTAR XIII International Conference at the Ann Arbor, USA, June 2015.
  • NECTAR, Cluster 4 meeting in Toledo, Spain, 2016