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Hedberg, C., Eimermann, M. & Böhlin, M. (2023). Den nya gröna vågen och praktiska flyttare: En intervjustudie om inflyttare till Kramfors kommun 2020–2021. Kramfors kommun; Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den nya gröna vågen och praktiska flyttare: En intervjustudie om inflyttare till Kramfors kommun 2020–2021
2023 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kramfors kommun; Umeå universitet, 2023. p. 57
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-205956 (URN)
Projects
Att återvinna ett hem - livsstilsmigration och drömmen om landet
Funder
Vinnova, 2021-03790
Available from: 2023-03-24 Created: 2023-03-24 Last updated: 2023-03-27Bibliographically approved
Nuga, M., Eimermann, M. & Hedberg, C. (2023). Downshifting towards voluntary simplicity: the process of reappraising the local. Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Downshifting towards voluntary simplicity: the process of reappraising the local
2023 (English)In: Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, ISSN 0435-3684, E-ISSN 1468-0467Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Reappraisal of the local and living a rooted life are often highlighted by international advocates for sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyles. The purpose of this study is to explore and theorize downshifters’ lifestyle changes, with a particular focus on their living environments and sense of place, and we draw on a theoretical framework that combines insights from previous research on downshifting and voluntary simplicity. We conducted 30 life story interviews with individuals in Sweden who consider themselves downshifters or advocates of a simpler life. These materials were analysed along the dimensions of (1) spatial adaptation and appropriation; (2) local and global scales; and (3) temporality of place. Our results emphasize the non-linearity of lifestyle changes towards simplicity where, whereby commitment to sustainability varies while personal goals rely on the previous experiences and everyday practices, values and knowledge that can improve both individual and global sustainability. Our analysis shows that sense of place is a dynamic process influenced by mobilities and flows, spatial inertia and context, and memories and emotions. Our research contributes to the recent more than- relational view on space and place with concepts from humanistic geography that further assist in understanding individuals’ sense of place.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Downshifting, humanistic geography, life story interviews, more-than-relational geography, sustainability, voluntary simplicity
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-210219 (URN)10.1080/04353684.2023.2211600 (DOI)000998775000001 ()2-s2.0-85161388693 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2018-00547
Available from: 2023-06-27 Created: 2023-06-27 Last updated: 2023-06-27
Eimermann, M. & Carson, D. A. (2023). Towards a cordial dialogue between lifestyle migration/mobilities and rural tourism geographies. Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, 105(4), 341-355
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a cordial dialogue between lifestyle migration/mobilities and rural tourism geographies
2023 (English)In: Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, ISSN 0435-3684, E-ISSN 1468-0467, Vol. 105, no 4, p. 341-355Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article introduces the special issue Changing dimensions of lifestyle mobilities in turbulent times: impacts of COVID-19 outbreaks and multiple crises. It aims not just to understand the individual drivers and consequences of mobility but their interactions with local manifestations of spatial (in)justice in various meaningful places. This editorial synthesizes the four studies of population flows in proximate and remote rural areas in Europe, and puts their contributions to the fields of lifestyle migration and mobilities in context. We introduce the lifestyle migration hub meeting that inspired this special issue and a mobility spectrum around which the article revolves. We then indicate common interests of lifestyle migration and rural tourism geographies, focusing on the contributors’ use of human geographic perspectives and aided by observations from ongoing ethnographic work about the demographic future of small villages in northern Sweden. A discussion of multiple disruptions, precarity and vulnerability is linked with a review of the papers before elaborating on destinations and communities as meaningful but vulnerable places. The conclusion outlines how concerns with people’s and place’s vulnerability and precarity in multiple disruptions to mobility flows can be further explored in cordial dialogue between scholars of lifestyle migration/mobility and tourism geography.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2023
Keywords
Crises, lifestyle migration, precarity, rural geographies, tourism, vulnerability
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-215384 (URN)10.1080/04353684.2023.2197921 (DOI)2-s2.0-85173637814 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2023-10-30 Created: 2023-10-30 Last updated: 2023-10-30Bibliographically approved
Eimermann, M., Carson, D. A. & Lundmark, L. (2023). Transforming a dogsledding community: the 'Gafsele Open' and lifestyle migrants in sparsely populated northern Sweden. In: Heather Mair (Ed.), Handbook on tourism and rural community development: (pp. 386-402). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transforming a dogsledding community: the 'Gafsele Open' and lifestyle migrants in sparsely populated northern Sweden
2023 (English)In: Handbook on tourism and rural community development / [ed] Heather Mair, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023, p. 386-402Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter increases our understanding of how intra-European lifestyle migrants may transform communities in sparsely populated areas (SPAs) through their engagements in civil society, using the example of a dogsledding community in Arctic Sweden. In-depth narrative analysis of interviews with international migrant dogsledders and longer-term residents shows the heterogeneity of communities in sparsely populated settings and their diverse perspectives on community transformation and renewal in response to challenges of demographic shrinkage (Eimermann et al., 2022). The case study village of Gafsele in Åsele municipality provides an interesting study context as it is home to a relatively large group of international migrants, many of whom were attracted by exceptional opportunities for dogsledding and an internationally renowned trail network. The local dogsledding club organizes an annual dogsledding event (the Gafsele Open) attracting Swedish and international participants. Balancing their incomes and lifestyles around dogsledding activities, migrants are engaging in the club and co-organizing the event as individuals and through their businesses (D.A. Carson et al., 2018; Eimermann & Singleton, 2021). This area is thus exploring its potential for local rural development through community- and nature-based tourism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023
Series
Research handbooks in tourism
Keywords
community, dogsledding, lifestyle, northern Sweden, sparsely populated areas, tourism
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-208280 (URN)10.4337/9781800370067.00038 (DOI)2-s2.0-85163048035 (Scopus ID)9781800370050 (ISBN)9781800370067 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-00344
Available from: 2023-05-16 Created: 2023-05-16 Last updated: 2023-07-12Bibliographically approved
Eimermann, M., Kordel, S., Singleton, B., Webster, N., Weidinger, T. & Yachin, J. (2022). Berättelser om naturen i landsbygds- och migrationsstudier. Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Berättelser om naturen i landsbygds- och migrationsstudier
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2022 (Swedish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

En bloggserie av Marco Eimermann, Stefan Kordel, Benedict E. Singleton, Natasha A. Webster, Tobias Weidinger & Jonathan Yachin. Under våren 2022 har vi publicerat ett inlägg varannan vecka i den här serien, som vi kallar ”Berättelser om naturen i landsbygds- och migrationsstudier”. Detta inom ramen för "Kunskaper för landsbygder", en SLU-blogg.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, 2022
Keywords
berättelser, landsbygden, naturen, migration, social inkludering
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201671 (URN)
Available from: 2022-12-14 Created: 2022-12-14 Last updated: 2022-12-14Bibliographically approved
Eimermann, M., Adjei, E., Bjarnason, T. & Lundmark, L. (2022). Exploring population redistribution at sub-municipal levels: Microurbanisation and messy migration in Sweden’s high North. Journal of Rural Studies, 90, 93-103
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring population redistribution at sub-municipal levels: Microurbanisation and messy migration in Sweden’s high North
2022 (English)In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 90, p. 93-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To contribute to more balanced perspectives on sub-municipal population change in sparsely populated areas(SPAs), this paper closely examines a local pocket of growth in a shrinking Northern Swedish municipality.Integrating Swedish register data with in-depth qualitative insights, the geographic study examines patterns andprocesses of uneven local population dynamics linked to life course migration. This is done through a sociospatialcluster analysis containing, first, 15 aggregate socioeconomic variables for sub-municipal areas, andthen individual characteristics like birth countries, age groups, sex ratios, educational attainment, andemployment status. A Foresight approach and interviews with locals, municipal officials, and incoming lifestylemigrants complement this. Studying these individuals’ practical compromises regarding housing, income, andleisure at sub-municipal levels helps in overcoming fallacies in population change research at broader regionallevels, and illustrates the limits of relying solely on quantitative demographic change indicators. The paper showsthat urban traits in the municipal centre and rural natural amenities around a dogsledding trail combine toattract and retain different population groups. This adds to population change studies and shows that municipaladministrative centres in SPAs are not necessarily growing while other villages are declining, and that populationredistribution at the municipal level does not automatically imply the movement of people to municipal centresfrom a municipality’s minor villages.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2022
Keywords
Cluster analysis, Foresight approach, Local context, Microurbanisation, Northern SPAs, Population redistribution
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-195240 (URN)10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.01.010 (DOI)000806720800009 ()2-s2.0-85124233833 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-00344
Available from: 2022-05-25 Created: 2022-05-25 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, L., Carson, D. A. & Eimermann, M. (2022). Spillover, sponge or something else?: Dismantling expectations for rural development resulting from giga-investments in northern Sweden. Fennia, 200(2), 157-174
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spillover, sponge or something else?: Dismantling expectations for rural development resulting from giga-investments in northern Sweden
2022 (English)In: Fennia, E-ISSN 1798-5617, Vol. 200, no 2, p. 157-174Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paradoxical situation of planning for growth while managing decline has long been a reality for politicians and planners in Nordic peripheries. In recent years, however, attempts to plan for demographic adaptation, smart shrinkage, and ‘right-sizing’ public services have become commonplace. While it has taken decades for this to become an accepted part of municipal planning, new opportunities are now arising in the Swedish North due to several unforeseen giga-investments. These are expected to trigger rapid socio-economic growth along the urbanized coast and in a few select inland locations. Yet the likely effects on shrinking rural and sparsely populated municipalities geographically adjacent to these investment hotspots are much less understood. Previous research suggests that such investment projects might cause pressure for rural labour and housing markets but may also offer a range of positive spillover effects and development opportunities for rural areas. We draw on structural level narratives and interviews with key informants, including local and regional political stakeholders, to identify how the prospects of the giga-investments are viewed in places that are not directly affected, and what opportunities and threats are discussed. An overarching theme identified in the empirical material concerns the a-spatiality of discourses of growth, which we divide into two concrete dilemmas: infrastructure and mobility. Our findings show that, while the investments are seen as ringing in a new ‘golden age’ for the northern region, such a-spatial understandings of regional characteristics might stand in the way of acting fast and being able to make the most of the potential spillover effects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Geographical Society of Finland, 2022
Keywords
Arctic Sweden, green (re)industrialization, planning, sparsely populated municipalities, spillover/sponge, sustainable development
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-204610 (URN)10.11143/fennia.120530 (DOI)2-s2.0-85149042039 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2023-02-08 Created: 2023-02-08 Last updated: 2023-03-17Bibliographically approved
Eimermann, M. & Singleton, B. (2022). Trails and tribulations. Lifestyle migration as nature-based integration in Northern Sweden. In: Doris Friedrich, Markus Hirnsperger, Stefan Bauer (Ed.), More than 'Nature': Research on Infrastructure and Settlements in the North (pp. 167-186). Wien: LIT Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Trails and tribulations. Lifestyle migration as nature-based integration in Northern Sweden
2022 (English)In: More than 'Nature': Research on Infrastructure and Settlements in the North / [ed] Doris Friedrich, Markus Hirnsperger, Stefan Bauer, Wien: LIT Verlag, 2022, p. 167-186Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on a competitive dogsledding event – the “Gafsele Open” – near Gafsele village, in Åsele municipality in northern Sweden. Like other remote places, Åsele faces demographic and socio-economic struggles, causing debates on whether services like childcare, schools, care homes for the elderly, and other infrastructure should be concentrated in the central village (Carson et al. 2019; 2020). To address parts of these strug-gles, the municipality has engaged in rural place marketing (Eimermann et al. 2017) to encourage western European lifestyle migrants to migrate to Åsele. As elsewhere, the interaction of local and migrant population is as-sessable in terms of their integration, “successful” or not. In doing this, we examine the Gafsele Open as a potential site of “nature-based integration” (NBI). We present viewpoints from mainly western migrants, which is novel since previous studies of NBI in Scandinavian societies have mostly focused on non-western people (e.g., Gentin et al. 2018; 2019). It is beyond the scope of this chapter to consider whether western migrants integrate faster into Swedish society than non-western people (Eimermann et al. 2020). Instead, we study the Gafsele Open as an example of an institution that we interpret as a NBI project. We thus assess the extent that integration or disintegration may occur around the Gafsele Open with local and various lifestyle migrant stakeholders holding differing views on future developments. Further, the event is under pressure from climate change, the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak, and labor shortages. This sets the scene in which we connect the hitherto separate fields of NBI and lifestyle migration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wien: LIT Verlag, 2022
Keywords
Dogsledding, Events, Lifestyle Migration, Nature-based Integration, Sweden
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190708 (URN)978-3-643-91218-3 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-00344
Available from: 2021-12-22 Created: 2021-12-22 Last updated: 2022-12-14
Bjarnason, T., Stockdale, A., Shuttleworth, I., Eimermann, M. & Shucksmith, M. (2021). At the intersection of urbanisation and counterurbanisation in rural space: Microurbanisation in Northern Iceland. Journal of Rural Studies, 87, 404-414
Open this publication in new window or tab >>At the intersection of urbanisation and counterurbanisation in rural space: Microurbanisation in Northern Iceland
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2021 (English)In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 87, p. 404-414Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Micropolitan centers and other regional towns have frequently been conceptualised as drivers of economic growth in rural regions, providing an ideal balance between rural and urban amenities. However, they have also been described as “sponges” that suck the population from more rural communities in the region, perhaps only to be squeezed again into the micropolitan bucket of urbanisation. In this paper, we map long-term urbanisation and microurbanisation in Iceland and evaluate the role of micropolitan Akureyri in Northern Iceland in rural migration dynamics. We find the Icelandic rural population to be highly mobile with about nine out of ten residents in different types of communities having lived elsewhere for at least a year, and between a quarter and one-third having lived in the Reykjavík capital area. Positive net in-migration to Akureyri from more rural regions corresponds exactly to negative out-migration towards the Reykjavík capital area and the steady long-term population growth of Akureyri can, thus, be attributed exclusively to natural fertility. However, micropolitan Akureyri does not appear to exacerbate rural out-migration in Northern Iceland. Residents of smaller communities in the north are not more likely to move than other rural residents – they are simply more likely to move to micropolitan Akureyri rather than the Reykjavík capital area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2021
Keywords
Counterurbanization, Micropolitan, Migration, Urbanization, Microurbanization
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190702 (URN)10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.09.009 (DOI)000708572200002 ()2-s2.0-85116153951 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-00344
Available from: 2021-12-22 Created: 2021-12-22 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved
Rataj, M., Eimermann, M. & Eriksson, R. (2021). Entrepreneurship in rural Sweden: the role of weak ties, strong ties, and 'good enough' internet access. In: The Rural Enterprise Economy: (pp. 178-192). Taylor & Francis Group
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurship in rural Sweden: the role of weak ties, strong ties, and 'good enough' internet access
2021 (English)In: The Rural Enterprise Economy, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021, p. 178-192Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter assesses to what extent broadband internet access and social capital influence entrepreneurship in rural Sweden. The chapter combines a quantitative assessment of the relation between broadband access and the start-up rates of micro-enterprises in Swedish municipalities between 2007 and 2012 with a qualitative case study on Dutch lifestyle migrants. Our results show that broadband access is positively correlated with entrepreneurial efforts in rural Sweden compared to larger urban regions. Nevertheless, investments in broadband access may not be the optimal allocation of public resources. Instead, the results suggest that mixing various types of social embeddedness and technical connectivity on a satisfactory, but not necessarily high, level may allow entrepreneurs to take advantage of synergies and create resilient business strategies based on local resources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2021
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190124 (URN)10.4324/9781003034001-12 (DOI)2-s2.0-85120026562 (Scopus ID)978-0-367-47187-3 (ISBN)978-1-032-11801-7 (ISBN)978-1-003-03400-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-12-06 Created: 2021-12-06 Last updated: 2021-12-07Bibliographically approved
Projects
Transient populations and rural change [F15-1216:1_RJ]; Umeå University
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-7368-9134

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