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Functional and spatial connections of commuting

Author(s): Dariusz Ilnicki, Piotr Michalski
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Geography, Regional studies, Sociology, Rural and urban sociology
Published by: Uniwersytet Opolski
Keywords: commuting; spatial and functional connections; Poland; southwestern region (NUTS 1); area of impact

Summary/Abstract: Research into the number and directions of commutes after the Second World War was possible only until 1988. Subsequent data enabling the analysis of its functional and spatial connections became available no sooner than 20 years afterwards. At present, the Central Statistical Office of Poland (Polish: Główny Urząd Statystyczny) gives an insight into the aforementioned issue based on the research conducted in 2006 and 2011. Available data, however, presents only the commuting streams exceeding the number of 9 persons. Therefore, the question of the full picture of functional and spatial relations of commuting remains unanswered. Divergent methodology applied in estimating the quantity of commutes excludes stating the prevailing reason behind ‘the increase’ in the spatial movement between the places of residence and employment. The predominant aim of this study is to reflect on the value and applicable use of the available data regarding commutes. The analyses of the selected aspects of the problem discussed enabled the authors to place emphasis on the factors that may carry the highest educational and applicable value. The critical approach to resources does not make it impossible to carry out research applying them. Nevertheless, it is necessary to retake the question of commuting by making it a part of the Polish census. In the author’s viewpoint, it is not enough for such research to be representative, as it cannot be fully comparable, it should rather be undertaken with reference to every adult citizen of the country

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 55-70
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English, Polish