Spatialising careership: towards a spatio-relational model of career development

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Career development theory is critical in understanding how individuals make transitions through education and the workplace. However, despite evidence of the importance of geographical place in shaping individual trajectories, limited theoretical work has focused on the topic. In this paper, the potential for the development of a theoretical framework of career development that explicitly addresses the role of place is explored. This paper starts by outlining the limited ways that place has been conceptualised in existing career development literature, and then explores potential developments utilising the theoretical tools from careership theory and the work of Pierre Bourdieu and integrating insights from contemporary spatial theorists. The paper finishes by drawing together a spatio-relational framework for career development which both encompasses insights from the existing literature and extends this work arguing that place is a salient dimension in career development to a much more significant extent than has been previously recognised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-311
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number2
Early online date12 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2023


  • career development
  • place
  • geography
  • careership
  • Bourdieu


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