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Understanding the UK's changing ethnic geographies

The UK’s population, households and neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly ethnically and racially mixed and diverse. Alongside these demographic changes, the uneven impacts of, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic and austerity measures, have shone a light on persistent ethnic and racial disadvantages, between people and across local areas.
Where, and why, are neighbourhoods becoming more ethnically diverse?
What are the processes that shape these local patterns?
Have ethnic inequalities widened, and what is the geography of disadvantage?
We are answering these, and related, questions through an innovative integration of previously disparate research strands on ethnic diversity, residential segregation, ethnic inequalities, and internal migration.
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Meet the GEDI Team

Professor Gemma Catney

GEDI Principal Investigator
Queen’s University Belfast
Gemma Catney is Professor of Human Geography at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the changing residential geographies of ethnic and racial diversity, mixing and segregation; socio-spatial inequalities between ethnic groups; and the multiple scales of neighbourhood identity and belonging.
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Professor Chris Lloyd

GEDI CO-INVESTIGATOR
Queen's University Belfast
Chris Lloyd is Professor of Geographical Information Science at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests are in population change, socio-spatial inequalities, segregation, and statistical analysis of spatial data.
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Dr Momoko Nishikido

GEDI POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Queen's University Belfast
Momoko Nishikido is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based in Geography at Queen's University Belfast. Her research has focused on family demography, particularly on partnership dynamics across the life course and in low-fertility settings.
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Professor Mark Ellis

GEDI CO-INVESTIGATOR
University of Washington
Mark Ellis is Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, Seattle and Executive Director of UW's Northwest Federal Statistical Research Data Center. He is a population geographer who does research on internal migration, US immigration, local labor markets, and the geography of racial and ethnic groups.
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Professor Nissa Finney

GEDI CO-INVESTIGATOR
University of St. Andrews
Nissa Finney is Professor of Human Geography at the University of St Andrews. She has published and taught widely on ethnic inequalities, residential mobility and housing, neighbourhood change and segregation.
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Dr Stephen Jivraj

GEDI CO-INVESTIGATOR
University College London
Stephen Jivraj is a quantitative social scientist who has published widely on the topic of neighbourhood effects. His work focuses on health and how place affects later life health through processes of cumulative exposure to deleterious social effects.
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Professor David Manley

GEDI CO-INVESTIGATOR
University of Bristol
David Manley is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Bristol. He has published widely in urban geography on issues such as how people segregate, how to measure segregation, and explored how living in segregated communities impacts individual life courses, focusing on both ethnic and economic aspects of segregation.
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Sarah Wood

GEDI CO-INVESTIGATOR
Office for National Statistics
Sarah Wood is a Principal Research Officer in the Centre for Equalities and Inclusion at ONS. She leads a team of social researchers and data scientists to improve the evidence base for inclusivity through improving access to equalities data, data linkage and intersectional analysis.
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Professor Richard Wright

GEDI CO-INVESTIGATOR
Dartmouth College
Richard Wright is the Orvil E. Dryfoos Chair in Public Affairs and Professor of Geography Emeritus at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on the operation of housing and labor markets, migration, and immigration.
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GEDI Postdoc

GEDI Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Abdul-Qadeer Khan

GEDI PhD Researcher
Abdul-Qadeer Khan is a PhD researcher funded by the Department for Economy on a collaborative PhD project between Queen's University Belfast and the Office for National Statistics. Abdul-Qadeer's project is on 'Diversity and Inequalities in Ethnicity and Religion in the UK, 2001-2022'.
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Dr. Gemma Catney

GEDI Principal Investigator
Queen’s University Belfast
Gemma Catney is a Population and Social Geographer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the changing residential geographies of ethnic and racial diversity, mixing and segregation; socio-spatial inequalities between ethnic groups; and the multiple scales of neighbourhood identity and belonging.

Dr. Gemma Catney

GEDI Principal Investigator
Queen’s University Belfast
Gemma Catney is a Population and Social Geographer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the changing residential geographies of ethnic and racial diversity, mixing and segregation; socio-spatial inequalities between ethnic groups; and the multiple scales of neighbourhood identity and belonging.

Dr. Gemma Catney

GEDI Principal Investigator
Queen’s University Belfast
Gemma Catney is a Population and Social Geographer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the changing residential geographies of ethnic and racial diversity, mixing and segregation; socio-spatial inequalities between ethnic groups; and the multiple scales of neighbourhood identity and belonging.
  • Dr. Gemma Catney

    GEDI Principal Investigator
    Queen’s University Belfast
    Gemma Catney is a Population and Social Geographer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the changing residential geographies of ethnic and racial diversity, mixing and segregation; socio-spatial inequalities between ethnic groups; and the multiple scales of neighbourhood identity and belonging.
    Learn more
  • Professor Nissa Finney

    GEDI Co-Investigator
    University of St. Andrews
    Nissa Finney is Professor of Human Geography at the University of St Andrews. She has published and taught widely on ethnic inequalities, residential mobility and housing, neighbourhood change and segregation.
    Learn more
  • Professor David Manley

    GEDI Co-Investigator
    University of St. Andrews
    David is interested in trying to better understand how the places in which individuals live interact with the outcomes that they experience over their life course. Key topics within this research include modelling and understanding neighbourhood effects, investigating how individuals and households locate in residential space and understanding how segregation develops and is maintained over very long periods of time.
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  • Professor Richard Wright

    GEDI Co-Investigator
    Dartmouth College
    Proferssor Richard Wright is the Orvil E. Dryfoos Chair in Public Affairs and Professor of Geography Emeritus at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on the operation of housing and labor markets, migration, and immigration.
    Learn more
  • Professor Mark Ellis

    GEDI Co-Investigator
    University of Washington
    Mark Ellis is Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, Seattle and Executive Director of UW's Northwest Federal Statistical Research Data Center. He is a population geographer who does research on internal migration, US immigration, local labor markets, and the geography of racial and ethnic groups.
    Learn more
  • Professor Chris Lloyd

    GEDI Co-Investigator
    Queen's University Belfast
    Chris Lloyd is Professor of Geographical Information Science at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests are in population change, socio-spatial inequalities, segregation, and statistical analysis of spatial data.
    Learn more
  • Sarah Wood

    GEDI Co-Investigator
    Queen's University Belfast
    Sarah Wood is the topic lead for Ethnic Group, National Identity, Language and Religion at the Office for National Statistics. She leads a team of social researchers who are producing a wide range of analysis and publications that will provide valuable insights into cultural diversity and inequalities from Census 2021.
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  • Dr. Stephen Jivraj

    GEDI Co-Investigator
    University College London
    Stephen Jivraj is a quantitative social scientist who has published widely on the topic of neighbourhood effects. His work focuses on health and how place affects later life health through processes of cumulative exposure to deleterious social effects.
    Learn more
PROJECT PARTNERS

We are proud to collaborate with our project partners, and we are grateful for their support.

Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) (RGS-IBG) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography. We advance geography and support geographers in the UK and across the world.

Dr Catherine Souch is Head of Research and Higher Education at the RGS-IBG and oversees the Society’s work with student, academic and professional audiences.

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Runnymede Trust

The Runnymede Trust is the UK's leading race equality think tank. Their work is rooted in challenging structural racism and its impact on our communities. The authoritative research-based interventions they have produced for over 50-years equip decision makers, practitioners and citizens with the knowledge and tools to deliver genuine progress towards racial equality in Britain.

Dr Shabna Begum oversees Runnymede Trust's extensive research portfolio and her most recent work has involved work around labour market and wealth inequality and how that impacts on Black and minority ethnic communities during the cost-of-living crisis. Her work is especially concerned to trace intersectionality of experiences and is interested in gender and generation.

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PROJECT ADVISORY GROUP

The project benefits from the expertise of a Project Advisory Group from central and local government and the third sector.

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