Prof. Anne Green
Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Date: 30 September 2016
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: VCC in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban
Public and policy perceptions of the economy often see the labour market, and the opportunities it offers, as ‘national’ or ‘international’. However for many people the realities of the labour market and the opportunities it presents remain firmly rooted in their local community: where they live determines both the chances they have and the likelihood of taking those chances. This suggests that a geographer’s perspective on the quantity and quality of employment opportunities open to people in different areas is important.
With reference to research using the spatial visualization technique of mental mapping as part of a mixed-methods research approach, Prof Green discusses the the role of place in shaping young people’s social networks, identities and aspirations regarding employment in deprived areas in three British cities and how the subjective opportunities young people perceive may be a subset of those available because ‘bounded horizons’ tend to constrain labour market behaviour.
The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.
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