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Local economies of mobility in sparsely populated areas: Cases from Australia's spine

Carson, Dean B. and Carson, Doris A. (2014). Local economies of mobility in sparsely populated areas: Cases from Australia's spine. Journal of Rural Studies,36:340-349.

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IRMA ID 84279116xPUB161
Title Local economies of mobility in sparsely populated areas: Cases from Australia's spine
Author Carson, Dean B.
Carson, Doris A.
Journal Name Journal of Rural Studies
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 36
ISSN 0743-0167   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84915784040
Start Page 340
End Page 349
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract There is a growing contemporary body of literature about the ‘new mobilities’ – increasingly mobile populations and their impacts on local economies, particularly in more sparsely populated areas of developed nations. Much of the focus has been on the ‘fly in/fly out’ workforce associated with mining projects, but attention has also been paid to increasing numbers of ‘fly in/fly out’ workers in the health sector, the changing nature of tourist populations, the use of temporary contract labour for government administration, and the movement of Indigenous people from remote communities into urban centres. This paper uses five case examples in South Australia and the Northern Territory (Australia's ‘spine’) to examine the diversity of experiences of the new mobilities. The paper presents a framework for investigating new mobilities at the local settlement level through developing an understanding of macro and micro factors driving mobility and the consequences in terms of aspects of social and economic distance between mobile populations and host communities. The framework provides for useful insights to be drawn from secondary data sources including the Australian Census and tourist surveys. The paper concludes that the geographic characteristics of short term mobility observed in this research essentially conform to the ‘Eight Ds’ model of the human and economic geography of sparsely populated areas.
Keywords Mew mobilities
Short term mobility
Sparsely populated areas
Socio-economic impacts
Local economies
Australia's spine
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