Neighbourhood Ethnic Mix and the Formation of Mixed-Ethnic Unions in Britain

  • Zhiqiang Feng
  • Paul Boyle
  • Maarten van Ham
  • Gillian Raab
Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 3)


Building on a long history of research on residential segregation, this chapter explores how mixed-ethnic couples contribute to changing ethnic geographies. The study uses data from the Longitudinal Study (LS) for England and Wales and is the first UK study to examine the influence of geographical context on the formation of mixed-ethnic unions. By using longitudinal data, the authors establish whether living in a mixed-ethnic neighbourhood makes it more likely for people to end up in mixed-ethnic unions.


Ethnic Minority Ethnic Minority Group Residential Segregation South Asian Woman White Person 
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This research is funded by the ESRC under the Understanding Population Trends and Processes (UPTAP) programme (Award Ref: RES-1563-25-0045). The permission of the Office for National Statistics to use the Longitudinal Study is gratefully acknowledged, as is the help provided by Julian Buxton of the Centre for Longitudinal Study Information & User Support (CeLSIUS). CeLSIUS is supported by the ESRC Census of Population Programme (Award Ref: RES-348-25-0004). The data from ONS which is Crown copyright and reproduced with the permission of the controller of HMSO and Queen’s Printer for Scotland. This work uses research datasets which may not exactly reproduce National Statistics aggregates. The authors alone are responsible for the interpretation of the data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhiqiang Feng
    • 1
  • Paul Boyle
    • 1
  • Maarten van Ham
    • 2
  • Gillian Raab
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Geography and Geosciences/Longitudinal Studies Centre – Scotland (LSCS), University of St AndrewsFifeScotland, UK
  2. 2.School of Geography and Geosciences, Centre for Housing Research, University of St AndrewsFifeScotland, UK

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