Understanding Neighbourhood Dynamics

New Insights for Neighbourhood Effects Research

  • Maarten van Ham
  • David Manley
  • Nick Bailey
  • Ludi Simpson
  • Duncan Maclennan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Maarten van Ham, David Manley, Nick Bailey, Ludi Simpson, Duncan Maclennan
    Pages 1-21
  3. Geoffrey Meen, Christian Nygaard, Julia Meen
    Pages 43-62
  4. Beate Völker, Gerald Mollenhorst, Veronique Schutjens
    Pages 139-160
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 279-279

About this book


This rare interdisciplinary combination of research into neighbourhood dynamics and effects attempts to unravel the complex relationship between disadvantaged neighbourhoods and the life outcomes of the residents who live therein. It seeks to overcome the notorious difficulties of establishing an empirical causal relationship between living in a disadvantaged area and the poorer health and well-being often found in such places.

There remains a widespread belief in neighbourhood effects: that living in a poorer area can adversely affect residents’ life chances. These chapters caution that neighbourhood effects cannot be fully understood without a profound understanding of the changes to, and selective mobility into and out of, these areas. Featuring fresh research findings from a number of countries and data sources, including from the UK, Australia, Sweden and the USA, this book offers fresh perspectives on neighbourhood choice and dynamics, as well as new material for social scientists, geographers and policy makers alike. It enriches neighbourhood effects research with insights from the closely related, but currently largely separate, literature on neighbourhood dynamics.


Disadvantaged neighbourhoods Displaced households Ethic minorities Ethnic groups Ethnic sorting Mortgage lenders Moving behaviour Neighbourhood change Neighbourhood dynamics Neighbourhood outcomes Neighbourhood reconstruction Neighbourhood reputation Neighbourhood selection Poorer, poor health, lower general wellbeing Population dynamics Redlining and predatory lending Residential mobility Residents' life chances School Census data Selective mobility Spatial segregation Urban change Urban restructuring

Editors and affiliations

  • Maarten van Ham
    • 1
  • David Manley
    • 2
  • Nick Bailey
    • 3
  • Ludi Simpson
    • 4
  • Duncan Maclennan
    • 5
  1. 1., OTB Research Inst for the Built EnvironmDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands
  2. 2., School of Geographical SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., Urban StudiesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom
  4. 4., The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and SUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  5. 5., Centre for Housing ResearchUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUnited Kingdom

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