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Spatial mobility and social outcomes

Clark, WAV; van Ham, M; Coulter, R; (2014) Spatial mobility and social outcomes. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment , 29 (4) pp. 699-727. 10.1007/s10901-013-9375-0. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper examines the nature and extent of socio-spatial mobility in Great Britain. In contrast with previous studies, we investigate the entire spectrum of moves within and across the hierarchical structure of neighbourhoods. We use data from the British Household Panel Survey to trace moves between neighbourhoods defined using the Indices of Multiple Deprivation. We define upward socio-spatial mobility as moving to neighbourhoods with greater levels of advantage (lower levels of deprivation), and downward socio-spatial mobility as the shift to less advantaged neighbourhoods. As expected, the results show that there are strong associations between origin and destination neighbourhood types. We find that education and income play critical roles in the ability of individuals to make neighbourhood gains when they move. An important finding of the research is the way in which the housing market structurally conditions socio-spatial mobility. In the UK and probably more broadly, the opportunity to move to socially advantaged places is highly stratified by housing tenure.

Type: Article
Title: Spatial mobility and social outcomes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10901-013-9375-0
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10901-013-9375-0
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Residential mobility, Residential sorting, Socio-economic statu,s Deprivation, Neighbourhoods
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558444
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