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International Geographical Union Study Group
“Global Change and Human Mobility”


 This volume is the first collective publication by the IGU Study Group on Global Change and Human Mobility (Globility). It includes papers and abstracts produced at the first Globility Conference which was held in Loreto Aprutino (PE), Italy, on 20-22 April, 2001. The research programme was approved by the IGU Executive Committee in 1999, has been operative since August 2000 and will remain so at least until the year 2004. The Study Group’s objective is to direct greater attention to a new reading of traditional population movements and to consider new forms of mobility with reference to the migration of workers occupied in new types of production, stemming from economic globalisation, as well as types of mobility deriving from the internationalisation of consumption and new patterns of leisure and tourism. In the latter case, changing patterns of (mass) tourism provide a clear indication of a tendency towards post-fordist consumption and, therefore, towards a more differentiated and fragmented mobility. It is the intention of the Study Group to examine those forms of human mobility that may be related to the processes of global change, to new forms of investment, local development and to social and cultural behaviour.



Human Mobility in a Borderless World?

Human Mobility – methodological and empirical classification: Reflections on Human Mobility at the Time of Globalisation; The IGU Study Group “Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change”; The IGU Commission on “Political Geography”; The IGU Study Group “Global Change and Human Mobility”.

Free Trade Areas and Macro-Economic Regions: Romania – Peculiarities of Internal and External Human Mobility before and after the fall of Communism; Migration and the Problems ensuing from it for Bulgaria; External Migration in Bulgaria within the Context of the Globalisation of European Economy; Modelling the Impact of International Migration on National Security at Border Regions – A Case Study of the Sarawak/Kalimantan Border of Malaysia and Indonesia; Migrations, Ethnic Diversity and Self-Identification in Mixed Marriages; Informal Trade and New Nomadism in South-East Tunisia. Case Study: The Tunisian/Libyan Trans-Border Dynamic; The Future of Shopping Tourism on the Periphery of a Europe without Borders; Supranational Economic Alliances, Tourism and Borderlessness in Europe, North America and Africa; The Euro-Mediterranean Region, Flows of Markets and Flows of People. The Present and the Future;

North-South Contact Regions: Central Europe as a Buffer Zone for International Mobility of Labour: Brain Drain or Brain Waste?; Involuntary Immobility in the Migration Process; Human Mobility in a Borderless World: Proximity Migration in Spite of Borders – the Mexican/United States Context; The Complex Human Mobility Flows in the Mediterranean Region: The Case of the Balearic Islands as Phenomenon Type “New California”; When Invitation turns sour: The Case of Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal; Human Mobility in the Area of the Carpathian Euro-Region – Migrating Minorities.

Differentiation in Mobility Flows: Tourism, Work, Migration in Cheju (South Korea, China Sea): From the Isolation of an Island to its Regional Integration; A Preliminary Study of some Critical Issues of China’s Outbound Travel Management – An Approach to the Strategy of Environmental, Ecological and Economic Development in the Xinjiang Region, China; Human Mobility in Sudan; Migration, Changing Identities and Ethno-Political Tensions: Case Study of the Stavropol Region, North Caucasus; The Role of the Regional Housing Market on Inter-Regional Migration : A Preliminary Analysis of Inter-Dependency between Regional House Price and Migration in Great Britain; Migration of Keralities to the Persian Gulf – Increasing Ascendancy of International Labour Migration over a Developing Country.


Gender, Age and Behaviour Changes in Human Mobility: Inter-Universitary Mobility in the Context of a more Fluid World; Human Mobility in a Borderless World: The Case of International Student Migration in Europe; From the “Colonial Model” to the Worldwide Transfer of Highly-Qualified Professionals. The Case of French Expatriates; Tourism, Retirement Migration and Globalisation; Feminisation of the Boundariless Space and its Implications on Female Labour; Towards a Comparative Study of Female Migrants: Filipino and Moroccan Women in Bologna and Barcelona; Human Mobility: In Space and Time; Human Mobility: Subjective Forecasting Approach.


Vladimír Baláz-Slovak Academy of Science; Jørgen Carling-University of Oslo; William A.V. Clark-University of California; Paul Claval-Université de Paris-Sorbonne; Klàra Czimre-University of Debrecen; Olivier Hugues Dehoorne-Université de Poitiers; Peiyi Ding-University of Queensland; Donatella Di Rito-University G. d'Annunzio; Eltayed Yasin Abadalla Elhaldary-University of Khartoum; Tamara A. Galkina-Russian Academy of Sciences; Fauza Ab Ghaffar-University of Malaya; Michael Hall-University of Otago; Ioan Horga-University of Oradea; Alexandru Ilies-University of Oradea; Yuzuru Isoda-Tokyo Metropolitan University; Ivajlo Hristov Ivanov-University of Forestry, Sofia; Bin Osman Salleh Khairulmaini-University of Malaya; Russell King-University of Sussex; Vladimir A. Kolossov-Russian Academy of Sciences; Goro Komatsu-University G. d’Annunzio; Piergiorgio Landini–University G. d’Annunzio; Kamel Laroussi-Institut des Régions Arides (IRA), Médenine; Gábor Michalkó-Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Armando Montanari-Home of Geography; Salvà Tomàs Pere-University of Balearic Islands; Enric Ruiz-Gelices-University of Sussex, Franco Salvatori-Italian Geographical Society; Nikolai Stoenchev-University of Forestry, Sofia; Bhim Prasad Subedi-Tribhuvan University; István Süli-Zakar-University of Debrecen; Kàroly Teperics-University of Debrecen; Dallen J. Timothy-Arizona State University; Philippe Venier-Université de Poitiers; Béatrice Verquin-Université de Poitiers; Anoja Wickramasinghe-University of Peradeniya; Allan M. Williams-University of Exeter; Elisabetta Zontini-University of Sussex.


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