Rural Migration
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Key Stages

The methodological programme of research is divided into four key stages:

Stage 1: analysis of secondary data and selection of three study areas

To analyse data from the national Census’s, respective longitudinal surveys for Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland and relevant administrative data. This stage of the analysis will inform the selection of our three case-study areas.

Stage 2: conduct a household survey

To establish, compare and contrast the characteristics, origins and decision-making processes associated with pre-retirement and other migration flows and to evaluate the perceived and real impacts associated with these flows.

Stage 3: undertake interviews with rural residents

To understand the different experiences and views of living in rural areas according to contrasting migration histories and other characteristics.

Stage 4: undertake interviews with local service providers & policy makers

To interview organisational representatives in order to develop an understanding of the possible drivers and consequences of population flows in the locality and their implications for the future of rural communities.

Stage 5: dissemination of results

To present the main findings from the study through a series of seminars in each case study area and short area summaries. The dates of these events will be available in the project news section.