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Ongoing Research Projects

The Migration Decline

Internal migration rates in the United States are about 50% less than a quarter century ago (see graphic to the left). Part of this is due to demographic change (e.g., an aging population) but a sizable share of this effect has yet to be explained. I will be focusing on this area of research in the foreseeable future. For example, I am currently exploring how the rise of information and communication technologies may have contributed to immobility.

See Cooke TJ. 2011. It is not Just the Economy: Declining Migration and the Rise of Secular Rootedness. Population, Space and Place 17(3): 193-203. doi:10.1002/psp.670.

Family Migration

I have published extensively on how families make migration decisions and the effects of these decisions on women's career development in both the US and the UK.  For example, I am interested in identifying spouses who would like to move, but cannot because their spouse does not want to move (i.e., tied stayers), and the effects of tied staying on employment, earnings and well-being.

See Cooke TJ. 2013. All Tied Up: Tied Staying and Tied Migration within the United States, 1997 to 2007. Demographic Research 29(30): 817-835. doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2013.29.30.

The Suburbanization of Poverty

Following from my dissertation research regarding urban poverty, I have published several articles over the last several years on the emergence of poverty within suburbia.  Current research aims to redefine how suburbs are defined in order to produce a more accurate assessment of the incidence of suburban poverty.

See Cooke TJ. 2010. Residential Mobility of the Poor and the Growth of Poverty in Inner-Ring Suburbs. Urban Geography 31(2): 179-193. doi: 10.2747/0272-3638.31.2.179.