Degree Name

Master of Science (Hons.)


School of Geosciences


Spatial disparity in unemployment levels both within and between regional labour markets has been widening in Australia since the early 1970s. The aim of the present research is to understand and explain the forces and processes underlying this widening disparity and to raise the importance of the geographical implications, that is, the spatial outcomes of this phenomenon. This aim is achieved by studying a regional labour market - the Shoalhaven region on the South Coast of New South Wales - both in a context of external forces and processes and by investigating and analysing internal factors and processes.



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