Social frontiers in residential segregation: A data analytics approach

There has been growing concern over the last decade across the western world regarding the impact of migration and the implications for social cohesion in our societies and cities. A key aspect of the debate is the impact of migration on segregation — the extent to which people from different ethnicities tend to concentrate in particular neighbourhoods.

This PhD offers a superb opportunity to work with a world-leading team of researchers from the UK and the NetherlandsĀ  to produce cutting-edge research on the causes and impacts of “social frontiers”, an exciting new area of segregation research. Social Frontiers arise when there are sharp spatial divisions in the residential make-up of adjacent communities as opposed to more gradual spatial blending of groups (e.g. Catholics and Protestants in Belfast). There is growing evidence that this type of segregation could have particularly negative impacts on crime, mental health and educational outcomes. This studentship will give you a unique opportunity to investigate these effects using some of the worlds best micro-level social science data.

Project reference: SH41

Deadline 14th April