Place identity and careers in regional Australia

McIlveen, Peter ORCID: and Alchin, Carolyn and Hoare, P. Nancey ORCID: and Bowman, Sarah and Harris, Rebecca and Gotting, Geraldine and Gilmour, John ORCID: and Perera, Harsha N. and Beccaria, Lisa ORCID: and Kossen, Chris and Cavaye, Jim and Creed, Allison and McDonald, Nicole (2022) Place identity and careers in regional Australia. Australian Journal of Career Development, 31 (1). pp. 57-65. ISSN 1038-4162


Emerging public discourse about making a 'tree change', 'green change', or 'sea change' emphasizes the putative benefits of working and residing in regional Australia. Yet, attracting and retaining workers in the regions is a challenge for policymakers, governments, and industries. The present research involved two separate surveys of people residing in regional Australian communities to discern demographic and psychological predictors of their intent to stay in their region: income, years in the region, family, life satisfaction, job satisfaction, and place identity. Multiple regression analyses found incremental evidence of place identity as a predictor of intent to stay. The findings regarding place identity have implications for career development practice, human resources recruitment strategies, and public policy focused on regional Australia.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 04:53
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 03:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural, regional, life satisfaction, job satisfaction, place attachment, place identity
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441003 Rural sociology
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520501 Community psychology
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300299 Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160206 Workforce transition and employment
15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1505 Microeconomics > 150502 Human capital issues
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