Understanding Neighbourhood Dynamics: New Insights for Neighbourhood Effects Research

  • Maarten van HamEmail author
  • David Manley
  • Nick Bailey
  • Ludi Simpson
  • Duncan Maclennan


Non-random sorting of residents into neighbourhoods provides neighbourhood effects researchers with a major challenge: The neighbourhoods which people ‘choose’ reflect their incomes, and as a result neighbourhood characteristics are endogenous, causing bias in models of neighbourhood effects. So understanding neighbourhood choice and neighbourhood dynamics is at the heart of a better understanding of neighbourhood effects, but is also crucial for literatures on residential mobility, segregation, and neighbourhood change. This chapter offers a state-of-the-art overview of literature on neighbourhood dynamics. First, a range of theories regarding neighbourhood dynamics are discussed. Second, the chapter offers an extensive summary of the 11 other chapters in this book, with empirical contributions from the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the USA. Through this overview, this chapter offers insight into the latest developments in research on neighbourhood dynamics.


Social Capital Neighbourhood Effect Residential Mobility Urban Renewal Mortgage Lender 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maarten van Ham
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Manley
    • 2
  • Nick Bailey
    • 3
  • Ludi Simpson
    • 4
  • Duncan Maclennan
    • 5
  1. 1.OTB Research Institute for the Built EnvironmentDelft University of TechnologyGA DelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.School of Geographical SciencesUniversity of BristolClifton, BristolUK
  3. 3.Urban Studies, School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  4. 4.The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR), School of Social SciencesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  5. 5.Centre for Housing Research, School of Geography and GeosciencesUniversity of St. AndrewsFifeUK

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