Modelling social boundaries and the interconnectedness of place

This project aims to move beyond simple use of social mix as an indicator of residential segregation. An area can have a high degree of social mix but a low level of social integration and two areas can be very different and yet have a shallow/blurred boundary, while other contrasting communities have precipitous frontiers often associated with social tension. Meanwhile, other neighbourhoods perceived to be very similar or socially/economically connected can be located far apart. This project aims to develop and apply a variety of cutting-edge techniques for revealing the hidden boundaries and connections in the urban social landscape. This will involve new ways of defining neighbourhoods and housing market areas that allow for asymmetries in social variation and which permit both open and closed boundaries. The goal will be to derive measures that allow us to identify boundary effects, both in terms of proximity to a boundary, and the severity/magnitude of that boundary.


Image: Flickr - Fablo Vennl

January, 2014 to June, 2015

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