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Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China

Towards a New Dialogue

  • Brings together leading international researchers from Europe, USA and China

  • Offers fresh ideas, cutting edge methods and analysis through comparative studies

  • Provides readers with access to self-study training materials and data

  • This book is open access which means you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: The Urban Book Series (UBS)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China

    • Gwilym Pryce, Yu Chen, Ya Ping Wang
    Pages 1-10Open Access
  3. Lessons from Europe

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. Re-Theorising Spatial Segregation: A European Perspective

      • Aneta Piekut
      Pages 13-38Open Access
    3. Income Inequality and Residential Segregation in European Cities

      • Tiit Tammaru, Anastasia Sinitsyna, Alireza Akhavizadegan, Maarten van Ham, Szymon Marcińczak, Sako Musterd
      Pages 39-54Open Access
  4. Urban Inequality and Segregation in China

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 55-55
    2. Research on Residential Segregation in Chinese Cities

      • Yu Chen, Jie Chen
      Pages 57-73Open Access
    3. Urbanisation, Migration and the Anti-Poverty Programme in China

      • Houkai Wei, Hongjian Su
      Pages 75-97Open Access
    4. Public Service Provision in China: Towards a More Equal Access System

      • Jingjing Shan, Yanan Geng, Jin Fu, Binglei Yu
      Pages 153-179Open Access
    5. Housing Policies for Rural Migrant Workers in China

      • Yeqiang Wang, Xin Dong
      Pages 181-203Open Access
  5. Future Directions for Research and Policy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 205-205
    2. Multi-scale Inequality and Segregation: Theory and Estimation

      • Gwilym Owen, David Manley, Ron Johnston, Tim Birabi, Hui Song, Bifeng Wang
      Pages 207-231Open Access
    3. The Role of Migration Costs in Residential Sorting

      • Wenquan Liang, Ran Song, Christopher Timmins
      Pages 251-283Open Access
    4. Social Frontiers: Estimating the Spatial Boundaries Between Residential Groups and Their Impacts on Crime

      • Ivana Křížková, Meng Le Zhang, Dan Olner, Gwilym Pryce
      Pages 285-304Open Access
    5. Deprivation Indices in China: Establishing Principles for Application and Interpretation

      • Gwilym Owen, Yu Chen, Gwilym Pryce, Tim Birabi, Hui Song, Bifeng Wang
      Pages 305-327Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 363-374

About this book

This open access book explores new research directions in social inequality and urban segregation.  With the goal of fostering an ongoing dialogue between scholars in Europe and China, it brings together an impressive team of international researchers to shed light on the entwined processes of inequality and segregation, and the implications for urban development. Through a rich collection of empirical studies at the city, regional and national levels, the book explores the impact of migration on cities, the related problems of social and spatial segregation, and the ramifications for policy reform.


While the literature on both segregation and inequality has traditionally been dominated by European and North American studies, there is growing interest in these issues in the Chinese context. Economic liberalization, rapid industrial restructuring, the enormous growth of cities, and internal migration, have all reshaped the country profoundly. What have we learned from the European and North American experience of segregation and inequality, and what insights can be gleaned to inform the bourgeoning interest in these issues in the Chinese context? How is China different, both in terms of the nature and the consequences of segregation inequality, and what are the implications for future research and policy? Given the continued rise of China’s significance in the world, and its recent declaration of war on poverty, this book offers a timely contribution to scholarship, identifying the core insights to be learned from existing research, and providing important guidance on future directions for policy makers and researchers.


  • Segregation in China
  • Inequality in Europe
  • Urban Migration
  • Poverty Reduction in China
  • Comparing Segregation
  • Urban Development
  • Housing Inequality
  • Segregated Neighborhoods
  • Integration in Chinese Cities
  • Integration in European Cities
  • Open Access
  • Urban Geography and Urbanism

Editors and Affiliations

  • Sheffield Methods Institute and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

    Gwilym Pryce

  • School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

    Ya Ping Wang

  • School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

    Yu Chen

  • Institute of Urban Development and Environment, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

    Jingjing Shan

  • Rural Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

    Houkai Wei

About the editors

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China

  • Book Subtitle: Towards a New Dialogue

  • Editors: Gwilym Pryce, Ya Ping Wang, Yu Chen, Jingjing Shan, Houkai Wei

  • Series Title: The Urban Book Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-74543-1Published: 17 November 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-74546-2Published: 17 November 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-74544-8Published: 16 November 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2365-757X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2365-7588

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 374

  • Number of Illustrations: 15 b/w illustrations, 45 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Regional Geography, Social Structure, Urban Sociology, Regional and Spatial Economics, Regional Geography, Human Geography

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)