As part of the Regional Studies Association, Deputy Head of School, Dr Gary Bosworth recently presented a collaborative paper with Dr Tialda Haartsen (University of Groningen) at the 3rd Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development MICaRD conference in Warsaw.

The conference themes were outmigration and circular migration, with particular reference to the impacts on migrants’ lives and on the places left behind. Although the pressures of rural depopulation are more acute in parts of Eastern Europe, where migration to cities is exacerbated by international labour migration, Dr Bosworth and Dr Haartsen identified a number of rural districts in England and The Netherlands facing population decline and ageing, raising questions about their community sustainability.

 More about the Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD) Research network:

This research network aims to bring together scholars, policymakers and practitioners across Europe to provide a forum for debating current and emerging issues on European economic migration in order to foster collaboration and expand research opportunities. The specific focus is on increasing labour mobility within the EU and the impact on regional development in rural areas for both sending and receiving nations.

Through its events, MICaRD will explore the implications of European economic migration on three interconnected levels: that of an individual (skills, human capital, employability, motivations for migration), community (cohesion and integration) and the region (regional development, planning and policy). These will be explored through dimensions such as labour markets, entrepreneurialism, networks and social integration, but at the same time will not be limited to these.

Pictured, our host from the University of Warsaw, Dr Adam Ploszaj, along with the MICaRD network co-ordinators -Drs Ruth McAreavey, Gary Bosworth and Agnieszka Rydzik.

Dr Bosworth and Dr Agnieszka Rydzik (University of Lincoln International Business School) will host the 4th event at the University of Lincoln in April 2018.