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Åkerlund, Ulrika
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Åkerlund, U. & Back, A. (2019). Turism på landsbygden - en betydande näring (1ed.). In: Gunnel Forsberg (Ed.), Samhällsplaneringens teori och praktik: (pp. 235-244). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Turism på landsbygden - en betydande näring
2019 (Swedish)In: Samhällsplaneringens teori och praktik / [ed] Gunnel Forsberg, Stockholm: Liber, 2019, 1, p. 235-244Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2019 Edition: 1
Keywords
turism, landsbygd, fritidshus, planering
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-155688 (URN)978-91-47-11361-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-25 Created: 2019-01-25 Last updated: 2019-08-22Bibliographically approved
Svels, K. & Åkerlund, U. (2018). Second homes and the commons: terms for second home leaseholds and collective action in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland. In: C. Michael Hall and Dieter Müller (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of second home tourism and mobilities: (pp. 39-51). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Second homes and the commons: terms for second home leaseholds and collective action in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland
2018 (English)In: The Routledge handbook of second home tourism and mobilities / [ed] C. Michael Hall and Dieter Müller, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2018, p. 39-51Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2018
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-148401 (URN)881251 (Local ID)9781138678316 (ISBN)9781315559056 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Carlquist, J., Pfister, L., Åkerlund, U. & Stjernström, O. (2017). Språk och planering. Plan (1), 48-51
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2017 (Swedish)In: Plan, ISSN 0032-0560, no 1, p. 48-51Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Föreningen för samhällsplanering, 2017
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-132698 (URN)881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U. (2017). Strategic lifestyle management in later life: Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta seeking the 'best of both worlds'. Population, Space and Place, 23(1), Article ID e1964.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategic lifestyle management in later life: Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta seeking the 'best of both worlds'
2017 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 23, no 1, article id e1964Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In affluent societies, an active choice of lifestyle is increasingly becoming an option. With increased possibilities for mobility, opportunities to lead a good life can be accessed across global space. However, lifestyle management is largely directed and constrained by structural frameworks, and movers have to allocate resources and experience in order to manoeuvre structures and make optimal lifestyle choices. This paper explores how residential mobility may be used as a resource to gain access to opportunities. Based on thematic analysis of in-depth interviews, this is performed by exploring the experiences of Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta, in their tailoring of mobility practices that allow them to enjoy opportunities for the good life in both countries. The research questions that have guided this study are as follows: (a) What does the good life comprise? (b) How are structural frameworks surrounding opportunities for lifestyle management perceived by movers? and (c) In what ways do movers actively tailor their mobility practices to achieve the good life? The results show that movers are highly engaged in tailoring their access to opportunities through place fixity, such as permanent residency and social integration, and through routinised and timed mobility practices.

Keywords
lifestyle mobilities, multiple dwelling, retirement mobility, lifestyle management, Swedes in Malta
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82970 (URN)10.1002/psp.1964 (DOI)000396379300003 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Note

Originally published in thesis in manuscript form.

Available from: 2013-11-14 Created: 2013-11-14 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
David, I., Eimermann, M. & Åkerlund, U. (2015). An exploration of a lifestyle migration industry. In: Kate Torkington, Inês David, João Sardinha (Ed.), Practising the Good Life: Lifestyle Migration in Practices (pp. 138-160). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An exploration of a lifestyle migration industry
2015 (English)In: Practising the Good Life: Lifestyle Migration in Practices / [ed] Kate Torkington, Inês David, João Sardinha, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, p. 138-160Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The mobility to second homes, sometimes referred to as residential tourism, can be conceptually framed within the emerging concept of lifestyle mobilities. Although related, it differs from tourism in that it refers to relatively permanent movement which entails the intention and material efforts to create a home and a living in the destination context. Tourism mobility is facilitated by agents offering services and products enabling experiences of novelty, difference, authenticity, quality of life and the like. Lifestyle mobilities in many ways taps into this production system but also include products and services related to housing, furbishing and to making a living in place. On an international level the production system is further complicated. In migration studies, the concept of a migration industry refers to the amalgam of agents making a profit out of catering to the needs of migrants. This study is a joint reflection on the production dimension of lifestyle mobilities in the European context. We explore the agents brokering lifestyle for Swedes in Malta; Swedish rural municipalities' place marketing in the Netherlands; and the role of lifestyle media in the Algarve, Portugal. We aim to answer the question: “how (if at all) could the concept of a migration industry be applied to lifestyle mobilities?”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015
Keywords
lifestyle, migration, mobility, place, identity, marketing
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-115227 (URN)881251 (Local ID)978-1-4438-7441-0 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2016-02-01 Created: 2016-02-01 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U., Pitkänen, K., Hiltunen, M. J., Overvåg, K., Müller, D. K. & Kahila, P. (2015). Health, well-being and second homes: an outline of current research and policy challenges. Matkaliututkimus, Finnish Journal of Tourism research, 11(1), 43-54
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health, well-being and second homes: an outline of current research and policy challenges
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2015 (English)In: Matkaliututkimus, Finnish Journal of Tourism research, ISSN 1796-1300, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 43-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Healthy living environments and housing conditions are important foci of Nordic health and welfare policies. However, policies and research on living conditions have mostly explored people’s permanent living environments, adhering to thinking about health in terms of fixity in place. What has not been acknowledged is that a considerable amount of Nordic people live in a continuous interaction of more than one place of dwelling. An illustrative example of the significance of mobile lifestyles is the use of second homes. Second home tourism is usually assumed to increase health and well-being. However, research on well-being and the health effects of second home tourism has been limited. In this paper we propose a research framework to approach second homes and well-being by identifying place and mobility as the key aspects in comprehending the relationship between health, wellbeing and second homes. Furthermore, we argue that the mobile lifestyles considerably challenge existing regulatory frameworks and provision of services as multi-local living is not systematically accounted for. Failing to acknowledge mobile lifestyles and multiple dwelling will degrade possibilities to respond to the current and long-term challenges of the distribution of health and welfare.

Keywords
second homes; health; well-being; place and mobility; welfare systems; Nordic countries
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106888 (URN)881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-08-12 Created: 2015-08-12 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U. & Sandberg, L. (2015). Stories of lifestyle mobility: representing self and place in the search for the 'good life'. Social & cultural geography (Print), 16(3), 351-370
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stories of lifestyle mobility: representing self and place in the search for the 'good life'
2015 (English)In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 351-370Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, mobility researchers have paid increasing attention to the flows of relatively privileged individuals whose mobility practices are largely understood to be lifestyle-motivated, consumption-led and tourism-induced (e.g. Benson, M., & O'Reilly, K. (Eds.). (2009). Lifestyle migration: Expectations, aspirations and experiences. Surrey: Ashgate; King, R., Warnes, A. M., & Williams, A. M. (2000). Sunset lives: British retirement migration to the Mediterranean. Oxford: Berg). Situated within the context of lifestyle mobilities, this paper aims to analyse the significance of place and representations of place in the movers' stories of mobility. The mobility experiences of Swedish retirees practicing routinised and seasonal mobility between Sweden and Malta have been analysed, and this paper explores how they actively give meaning to their choices and decisions. In their narratives, the movers express their representations of themselves in relation not only to their imaginings of places and to their belongings to and engagements with these places, but also to their mobility practices. The findings contribute to a discussion of how place imaginaries and self-identities are constructed through lifestyle mobility practices.

Keywords
lifestyle mobilities, multiple dwelling, place attachment, narrative, identity, representations of place
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82971 (URN)10.1080/14649365.2014.987806 (DOI)000349786000006 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Note

Originally published in manuscript form with the title: Stories of lifestyle mobility: place, identity and the search for the 'good life'

Available from: 2013-11-14 Created: 2013-11-14 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U. (2013). Buying a Place Abroad: Processes of Recreational Property Acquisition. Housing Studies, 28(4), 632-652
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buying a Place Abroad: Processes of Recreational Property Acquisition
2013 (English)In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 632-652Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the search for the good life,' moving to warmer destinations is a growing trend among affluent individuals from the northern parts of Europe and North America. Induced by quality-of-life drivers, property acquisition is an integral part of this search. Property acquisition behavior has earlier been conceptualized in various models of consumer behavior; however, these models are not sophisticated enough to explain the multiple drivers and complexity of lifestyle- and leisure-led acquisitions, especially if they are international in scope. In this paper, the process of recreational property acquisition is explored, based on thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with Swedes in Malta. Acquisition is found to be influenced by both internal drivers and motives, and external factors that are highly contextualized. This study explains the importance of the contextual frameworks and external influences on decision-making, and conceptualizes the process of international recreational property acquisition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013
Keywords
lifestyle mobility, leisure-led property acquisition, acquisition model, cross-border context, Swedes, Malta
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-78443 (URN)10.1080/02673037.2013.773584 (DOI)000320359600006 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2013-07-23 Created: 2013-07-22 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Müller, D. K. & Åkerlund, U. (2013). Developing destinations in the Northern periphery. In: Mariusen, Åke & Virkkala, Seija (Ed.), Learning Transnational Learning: (pp. 311-325). Oxon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing destinations in the Northern periphery
2013 (English)In: Learning Transnational Learning / [ed] Mariusen, Åke & Virkkala, Seija, Oxon: Routledge, 2013, p. 311-325Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxon: Routledge, 2013
Keywords
destination, sweden, regional development, learning, tourism
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-71356 (URN)881251 (Local ID)978-0-415-53989-0 (ISBN)978-0-203-42715-6 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
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INTERREG LUBAT
Available from: 2013-05-27 Created: 2013-05-27 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U. (2013). The Best of Both Worlds: Aspirations, Drivers and Practices of Swedish Lifestyle Movers in Malta. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Best of Both Worlds: Aspirations, Drivers and Practices of Swedish Lifestyle Movers in Malta
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

It has often been claimed that contemporary societies are shaped by globalization; the rapid interconnections of societies, economies, markets, flows and information potentially linking all places in the world to each other. In search for experiences, variation, escape or comfort, individuals are travelling, circulating, and migrating between places, challenging the notions of ‘home’ and ‘away’, ‘everyday’ and ‘extraordinary’. This thesis addresses the ways lifestyle-led mobilities are produced and performed, by studying the mobility trajectories and experiences of Swedes dividing their time seasonally between Sweden and Malta. It explores how movers are faced with a structural framework that both facilitates and directs their choices concerning mobility, and how they interpret and respond to these structures. It also explores the imaginaries, meanings, and feelings for place, identity, and lifestyle that the movers negotiate through their mobility practices and through the links they create and sustain in places. Thus, this thesis is situated in an evolving field of research on lifestyle mobilities. Lifestyle mobilities are here defined as those mobility practices undertaken by individuals based on their freedom of choice, of a temporal or more permanent duration, with or without any significant ‘home base(s)’, that are primarily driven by aspirations to increase ‘quality of life’, and that are primarily related to the individuals’ lifestyle values.

The thesis is based on four individual papers exploring different aspects lifestyle mobility. The aim is to understand how production and performance aspects of lifestyle mobilities are related, and how notions of identity and belonging are negotiated in relation to lifestyle mobility practices. The production aspect relates to those structures and frameworks that create, facilitate, or sometimes delimit opportunities for lifestyle mobility while the performance aspect focuses on individual agency and meaning of lifestyle mobility practices. The studies are based on in-depth interviews with Swedish movers in Malta, and focus on how structural frameworks and mediations influence the ways that movers manoeuvre, manipulate or adapt to structures and influences in order to arrange their life context to achieve ‘quality of life’. A second aim focuses on the ways that movers reflect upon their identities and belongings as they travel routinely between two (or more) significant places, and how this may influence mobility practices. It is concluded that structures and mediations are both facilitating and delimiting movers’ space of choice regarding mobility decisions. Through their agency, movers negotiate their space of choice by allocating resources and experience, accessing supportive networks and tailoring their access to entitlements. The production and performance aspects of lifestyle mobility practices are interlinked in complex ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2013. p. 69
Series
GERUM, ISSN 1402-5205 ; 2013:2
Keywords
lifestyle mobilities, multiple dwelling, lifestyle management, transnationalism, place imaginaries, identity and belonging
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82972 (URN)881251 (Local ID)978-91-7459-766-0 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Public defence
2013-12-06, KB 3B1, KBC-Huset, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 13:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2013-11-15 Created: 2013-11-14 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
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