Mass migration and real estate in European cities

Dr Lisa Goodson has recently completed a report funded by the Urban Land Institute to examine the innovations in social housing being driven by rapid scale immigration. The report, Mass migration and real estate in European cities, highlights how immigration has brought changes to the structure of cities, bringing about a need for multi-sectoral responses in areas such... Continue Reading →

Servicing super-diversity

Excellent piece by Ben Gidley originally published in COMPAS blog on a pilot research project exploring patterns and layering of diversity in Elephant & Castle

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This is my latest COMPAS blog post. You can read the original here. The photos are by me.

In the 1890s, philanthropist Charles Booth and a team of assistants – the pioneers of sociological research in the UK – walked the whole of London, visually noting the wealth of each street’s inhabitants, to construct their Maps Descriptive of London Poverty. The maps coded streets by colour, with scarlet red and gold marking the “well-to-do” and the “wealthy”, dark blue and black representing the “casual poor” in “chronic want” and the
“vicious and semi-criminal” “lowest class”. Southwark, just across the Thames from the City of London, was a mass of dark colours.

A hundred years later, the New Labour government created an Index of Multiple Deprivation to map new forms of poverty, dark blue for most deprived and gold for least. Again, the northern wards of Southwark were swathed…

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Superdiversity: Opportunity or challenge for addressing social inequality?

Report on the second roundtable of the IRiS Key Concepts series by Rachel Humphris (@rachel_humphris), IRiS Associate Researcher The IRiS Key Concepts Roundtable series brings scholars together to discuss and interrogate the theoretical and analytical contours of superdiversity through its relationships to other germane concepts. The second Key Concepts roundtable with Professor Ben Rogaly, Dr Paul... Continue Reading →

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