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Segregation, Neighbourhood Effects and Housing Planning

Purpose and learning objectives

The idea with the master course is to bring together research fields on residential segregation, neighbourhood effects and housing systems.

Content and teaching methods

The residential segregation research is based on issues like the spatial sorting of people into different neighbourhoods and the measuring of the segregation patterns from different aspects (socioeconomic, ethnic or demographic). In this the residential mobility of people with different characteristics and resources will be an issue. But also other causes of segregation as well as measures taken against segregation will be studied.

Closely related to patterns and causes of segregation is the idea of neighbourhood effects. If there were no imagined and real effects from segregation, measures against it would not be such an important planning issue all over the world. How are neighbourhood effects measured and what are the effects?

Lastly the housing structure will lay the conditions for many of these outcomes. If housing is strictly separated in space and entry into different tenure forms unequal, this will affect segregation, sorting, and neighborhood effects. The social mix policy in housing planning will be an issue. The course will use research to inform planning strategies.

Further course information will appear soon on this page. Until then, information can be found on the department website.