Editorial introduction: counter-urbanisation in contemporary Australia: a review of current issues and events

Buckle, Caitlin, and Osbaldiston, Nick (2022) Editorial introduction: counter-urbanisation in contemporary Australia: a review of current issues and events. Australian Geographer, 53 (4). pp. 347-362.

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‘Counter-urbanisation’ has attracted international attention for decades, as an elusive concept that runs against the overwhelming trend of an urbanising world. In Australia, interest in counter-urbanisation waned after the peak interest from the 1970s until the early 2000s, however a recent resurgence of interest has grown due to anecdotal evidence of rising migration out of major cities. Advances in the ability to telecommute, the impacts of COVID-19 and lockdowns in major cities, and the impact of climate change on migration movements are some contemporary changes prompting the need for a renewed critical and theoretical analysis of counter-urbanisation. This editorial introduces the special issue that offers renewed insights to counter-urbanisation in Australia. We present three arguments to ground the elusive concept of ‘counter-urbanisation’ that underpins this special issue. We argue (1) that the contemporary examples of counter-urbanisation we are witnessing presently in Australia involve migration from major cities to regional spaces; (2) counter-urbanisation is determined by geographical context, in this case Australia and places within, and (3) Australian counter-urban movements are strongly linked to amenity and lifestyle migration. This editorial then introduces the special issue papers which together define and challenge the concept of counter-urbanisation within the Australian context.

Item ID: 76727
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1465-3311
Keywords: counter-urbanisation, Australia, urban-rural migration, regional revival, lifestyle migration, covid-19
Copyright Information: © 2022 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australian Geographer on 07 Nov 2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00049182.2022.2137902.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 00:59
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441013 Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism @ 70%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440607 Population geography @ 30%
SEO Codes: 15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1502 Macroeconomics > 150202 Demography @ 100%
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