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Kettunen, M., & Prokkola, E.-K. (2023). Young people as agents in regional shrinkage – commentary to Syssner . Fennia - International Journal of Geography, 200(2), 258–262.

Young people as agents in regional shrinkage : commentary to Syssner

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Author: Kettunen, Marika1; Prokkola, Eeva-Kaisa1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Geographical Society of Finland, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-25


This paper reflects on Josefina Syssner’s Fennia lecture “What could geographers do for shrinking geographies”. In this commentary, we extend upon and complement Syssner’s inquiry by suggesting that to gain a better understanding of regional shrinkage and shrinking geographies it is important to ask the who question as well. Shrinkage and the policies used to deal with it impact different people in different ways, and people have different abilities to react to these changes or to take part in shaping the policies. In this reflection paper, we focus on a specific age group that is often considered important in regional development and policy discussions but that has been ignored in the debates on shrinking geographies — young people. In the end, we ask what geographers could do to increase the understanding of and possibilities for young people to live a good life in shrinking regions in times of environmental crises.

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Series: Fennia. International journal of geography
ISSN: 0015-0010
ISSN-E: 1798-5617
ISSN-L: 0015-0010
Volume: 200
Issue: 2
Pages: 258 - 262
DOI: 10.11143/fennia.122487
Type of Publication: B1 Journal article
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2022 by the author. This open access article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.