Remote work and multilocality post-Covid 19

Remote work (distansarbete, hjemmearbejde, etätyö, fjarvinna) has become common practice for many Nordic workers during the pandemic. This is expected to have lasting effects, with both workers and companies keen to maintain at least some flexibility in working conditions in the long-term.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that this flexibility could result in changes to mobility and migration patterns, for example, reducing commuting, increasing the use of second homes, and boosting the attractiveness of areas outside major cities. What is lacking, however, is concrete data to analyse the implications of these changes for Nordic urban, regional, and rural development. Nordregio’s research seeks to address this knowledge gap by exploring the implications of increased remote work for Nordic cities, regions, and towns.

This work is a joint effort between the three thematic groups established under the Nordic Co-operation Programme for Regional Development and Planning 2021-2024 and includes several activities:

  • Nordic knowledge overview on remote work and multilocality will focus on defining key concepts and understanding how remote work as a form of multilocality is being approached by national policy makers and other relevant (national) actors in each country
  • Quantitative analysis will identify emerging spatial patterns as well as informing an understanding of potential impacts of increased remote work practices for different types of regions and municipalities.
  • Case studies in Nordic cities, regions, and rural areas will provide an in-depth understanding of how these trends are playing out in practice and the strategies policymakers and planners are using to tackle the challenges, make the most of the opportunities, and manage the uncertainty associated with increased remote working.
  • Knowledge sharing activities will generate discussion and debate, informing policy recommendations which enable relevant actors to make the most of this trend for Nordic urban, regional, and rural development.