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Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity

Social and geographical mobility

We're examining the inter-related processes of social and geographical mobility.

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A range of data types are being used to build an understanding of processes of intergenerational and intragenerational social mobility and whether they operate in a different manner for different ethnic groups, how these relate to gender, to geography, and how this has changed over time (addressing questions of cohort, period and generation).

Key transition points (leaving home, leaving education) and lifecourse approaches will be used to examine cumulative disadvantage and diverse trajectories. An underlying focus of this research is to connect questions of mobility with those of inequality.

Movement from settlement areas for migrant and post-migrant generations depends on a range of social, economic and cultural factors.

Census data reveals the changing geographical distribution of ethnic groups by measuring localised concentrations of ethnic groups at small area geographies that are consistent over time.

For example, are areas with large concentrations from one ethnic minority group more likely to include older and poorer populations, while more ethnically mixed areas have younger and more affluent populations? Are new immigrants faster to disperse from settlement areas than long-standing immigrants?

And how are these process influenced by social and cultural factors and how do they relate to social mobility across and within generations?