17. Migration, Residential Mobility and Neighbourhood Change

Working Group Coordinators

Lina Hedman lina.hedman@ibf.uu.se
Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Sweden

David Manley d.manley@bristol.ac.uk
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

Maarten van Ham m.vanham@tudelft.nl
OTB - Research for the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Description of the Working Group

Residential mobility has important effects on the urban mosaic of neighbourhoods. Selective mobility in and out of neighbourhoods changes the composition of neighbourhood populations and has an effect on both socio-economic and ethnic segregation. Longer distance migration, and especially international migration also affects neighbourhood populations. Especially in immigrant dense parts of cities. The central theme(s) of the Working Group encompass the causes and consequences of residential mobility and migration and the mobility process itself. The working group focuses on how housing markets, the neighbourhood and the urban systems influence and are influenced by population mobility, and how housing policy influences population mobility. We are particularly interested in how resources and constraints on the one hand and opportunities and restrictions on the other influence the outcomes of the mobility process, and how this affects spatial patterns of segregation and inequality. We study both mobility at the individual and household level and mobility at a more aggregate level (for example as with processes of suburbanisation and counter-urbanisation). Methodologically, methods such as GIS/spatial modelling, event-history analysis and multilevel modelling have become prominent in workshop contributions; however we encourage those using qualitative methods also to participate, as we attach great value to case study and ethnographic work as well as research that combines both approaches in a mixed methods setting.

Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

We welcome contributions related to the themes indicated in the description of the Working Group.

Furthermore, this year we are also organising a joint session with the Housing and Family Dynamics Working Group. We particularly invite papers examining residential mobility and family dynamics for presentation in this joint session.