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Type: Journal article
Title: Spatial concentration in Australlian regional development, exogenous shocks and regional demographic outcomes: a South Australian case study
Author: Smailes, P.
Griffin, T.
Argent, N.
Citation: Australian Geographer, 2016; 47(4):527-545
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0004-9182
1465-3311
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Peter Smailes, Trevor Griffin and Neil Argent
Abstract: As a tribute to the massive contribution of our friend and colleague Graeme Hugo to the population and settlement geography of Australian rural areas, this paper presents a longitudinal study from his home State. It forms part of a wider study of the long-term demographic relationships between Australia’s rapidly growing regional cities and their surrounding functional regions. Of particular interest is the question of what effect the accelerating concentration of population and economic activity into a given regional city will have for the longer term demographic sustainability of its functional region as a whole. Taking the case of Port Lincoln, regional capital of most of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, it examines the nature of change in the functional region over the period 1947–2011, and investigates the forces feeding, and partly counteracting, the population concentration process, informed by concepts of evolutionary economic geography. In particular it traces the demographic impact (particularly differential migration and ageing trends) of exogenous shocks to the region’s essentially primary productive economic base during the period of major change from 1981 to 2011.
Keywords: Regional cities; exogenous shocks; net migration; depopulation; regional population change; rural communities; South Australia
Rights: © 2016 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.
RMID: 0030058534
DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2016.1231051
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