Aileen Stockdale

About Aileen Stockdale

Aileen Stockdale is Professor of Environmental Planning at Queen's University Belfast. Her work focuses on rural migration processes and especially migrant decision-making, experiences and consequences (including for rural origin and destination areas).

The Emergence of a ‘Trailing Husband’ Phenomenon Following Retirement

Today’s retirees are a cohort where the husband has traditionally been the dominant breadwinner. As such, family migration for this generation demonstrates the powerful role of the husband in the decision to move. Decisions were influenced by the husband’s employment, career and earning capacity with the wife/female partner widely acknowledged as a ‘trailing wife’, ‘tied mover’ or ‘married to her husband’s job’. In other words, she was prepared to move for the sake of her husband’s career even if it resulted in a negative effect on her own employment prospects.

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