The role of migration research in regional science

David A. Plane, Christopher Bitter

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In this paper we quantify the role that migration researchers have played in the development of the multidisciplinary field of regional science, using the network of scholars who have pursued such work as a case study to illustrate a product-cycle perspective on the multidisciplinary enterprise of regional science. We examine the historical record of publication of migration papers in five leading regional science journals. We tally the disciplinary affiliations of authors and present a typology of the kinds of migration research disseminated through the auspices of regional science. Of particular interest is how the relative prevalence of migration research within regional science has changed over time, and how the various emphases of migration research within regional science have developed since the beginnings of formalized regional science institutions in the late 1950s to the present day. We attempt to set the regional science contributions in the context of migration research more generally, comparing the results of the journal analysis to a broader sample of migration abstracts published in the Population Index. The paper offers a different kind of perspective on the now ubiquitous debates being engaged in by the regional science community over its composition, purpose, and place in the worlds of academia and applied practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-153
Number of pages21
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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