Geographical mobility

Family impacts

By Anne E. Green and Angela Canny


May 7, 2003

Page count

64 pages





297 x 210 mm


Policy Press
Geographical mobility

This report charts the changing role and nature of geographical mobility in organisational strategies and career development. It explores the work and family life experiences of employees and partners who have faced job-related geographical mobility.

Geographical mobility: Family impacts:

highlights geographical mobility as a key cross-cutting policy issue;

outlines the rationale for geographical mobility and traces the impacts of such mobility on employee and partner careers;

traces the impacts of geographical mobility on individuals and families at different stages of the life course;

emphasises the diversity of relocation experiences;

draws out associated implications for policy.


This report is important reading for researchers, policy makers and practitioners concerned specifically with relocation, migration and labour markets. It is of particular relevance to those working in human resources, economic development and employment policy.

Anne E. Green is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. Her research focuses on spatial implications of economic, demographic and social change.

Angela Canny, formerly Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, is now at the Department of Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

Introduction; Context; Impacts on career development; Impacts on families over the life course; Optimising geographical mobility: 'gain without pain'; Conclusions and implications for policy.

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