Thursday 29. March 2012

Place attachment and place identity in Ísafjörður

In this week Lunch Lecture Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir will present a research she conducted associated with her master thesis, but these days she is finalizing the work. The thesis is written in Geography from University of Iceland.

Migration in Iceland has been an object of research through the years. Multiple researches have focused on the causes for the constant migration from the countryside to the capital area. Research has shown that people seem to be seeking out certain aspects of living that they can obtain easier in the capital area. On the other hand little research has been on why people do not move and also why people migrate out of the city. This research is intended to look at precisely those aspects by researching place attachment and place identity among current and previous inhabitants of Ísafjörður. The research is based on qualitative research methods, but interviews were conducted with thirteen individuals that either currently live in Ísafjörður or have lived there before and live somewhere else today

The findings show that interviewees show similar place attachments, but those who were born and raised in Ísafjörður have stronger place identity. There is some difference in what interviewees relate to in Ísafjörður. Those who are born and raised are more likely to relate to nature while those who have moved to Ísafjörður are more likely to relate to the community. Findings show that people seem to feel strong place attachment to Ísafjörður. The research gives an insight to a new way of researching migration in Iceland and gives an deeper insight to the way inhabitants in a small town feel about their attachment to places than previous research in Iceland have.

Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir has a BA degree in sociology from University of Iceland and plans to graduate with an MA degree in geography, this spring.

The Lunch Lecture is held in the University Centre and is open for public. It starts at 12:10 and the talk will be in English.

Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir
Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir