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GEDI seminar, 25th January 2024 (online). Geographies of Ethnic Diversity and Inequalities: Insights from Census 2021

May 20, 2024

GEDI Principal Investigator Professor Gemma Catney will deliver an online seminar as part of the Centre for Population Change series. All welcome!

Title: Geographies of Ethnic Diversity and Inequalities (GEDI): Insights from Census 2021

Date/time: Thursday 25 January 2024, 13:00-14:00 (UK time)

Abstract: This seminar will explore the first findings from the Geographies of Ethnic Diversity and Inequalities (GEDI) project, a large ESRC funded project which is providing timely insights from the 2021 Census. The first part of the presentation will focus on the changing geographies of ethnic diversity and segregation in England and Wales, using Census data from 1991 to 2021. The presentation will show how the growth of ethnic diversity at the national level is mirrored across residential neighbourhoods, and that this growing neighbourhood ethnic diversity has been spatially diffusing across all regions of England and Wales. We evidence how increasing ethnic diversity is matched by decreasing residential segregation, for all ethnic groups. The presentation will also explore changes in mixed ethnicity households in England and Wales, and the relationships between mixing within households and neighbourhoods. The final part of the presentation focuses on ethnic inequalities. We introduce a novel ethnic group-specific neighbourhood deprivation index (the EGDI). Most measures of deprivation summarise the aggregate level of deprivation across all people in a given area, and no account is taken of differences between people with differing characteristics, such as age, sex or ethnic group. The EGDI was developed using a custom cross-tabulated 2021 Census dataset on employment, housing tenure, education and health by ethnic group for Lower Layer Super Output Areas. The EGDI reveals the complex geographies of ethnic inequality and demonstrates that while one ethnic group in a neighbourhood may have high relative levels of deprivation, another ethnic group in that same neighbourhood may experience very low relative levels. The EGDI explores ethnic inequalities within and between neighbourhoods and can be used to help shape locally and culturally sensitive policy development and resource allocation. More information about the GEDI project can be found at



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