Residential mobility

Authored by: Patrick Rérat

Handbook of Urban Mobilities

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138482197
eBook ISBN: 9781351058759
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Where do people live? Why do they move? How do they choose their dwelling and residential location? Residential mobility may be defined as a household’s change of residence over short distances. The chapter first presents the traditional approaches of residential mobility and their concepts. It then argues that residential mobility is a choice under constraints and discusses its underlying dimensions (unit of analysis, profile, trajectory, criteria, decision-making process). It finally gives an overview of some research perspectives and of current urban phenomena where residential mobility is at stake.

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