Measuring Temporary Mobility: Dimensions And Issues

Measuring Temporary Mobility: Dimensions And Issues Report

QCPR Discussion Paper

  • Author(s): Bell, M.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: Queensland Centre for Population Research, University of Queensland

Abstract: Despite its rising significance, research on temporary population mobility in the Developed World, remains sparse, fragmented, and largely descriptive in nature. If progress in understanding is to be made, it is argued that a more systematic approach to measuring the space-time dynamics of temporary mobility is needed. The problems and issues in measuring temporary forms of movement are reviewed, and nine distinct facets of mobility are then identified, each of which captures a particular aspect of mobility behaviour. Five of these that pertain to the temporal dimension of population movement are explored and a series of measures for each outlined and illustrated using data from the Australian Population Census and the National Visitor Survey. Results reveal the interdependence of space-time measures, delineate several outstanding measurement tasks and underline the need for more comprehensive data sources.

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