There are many types of inequality that affect people’s opportunities and life chances. These include inequality across education, employment, health and well-being, housing, crime and criminal justice and exposure to environmental risks and benefits. These forms of inequality can be affected by characteristics such as our ethnicity, religion, gender, age and social class.
What is not well understood is how these different forms of inequality interact and what impact this has over the course of our lives. There are also significant gaps in our knowledge about how and why inequality varies across different geographical areas and social eras.
Our research cuts across these often overlapping forms of inequality and explores how they vary geographically and how their effects can become spatially concentrated. We will also examine the extent to which inequalities remain constant or change over time for both people and places.
Below are some of the areas we will be exploring, with an outline of the research questions we aim to answer.