Spatial segregation measures: a methodological review

Yao, J. , Wong, D. W.S., Bailey, N. and Minton, J. (2019) Spatial segregation measures: a methodological review. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 110(3), pp. 235-250. (doi: 10.1111/tesg.12305)

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Quantitative indices of segregation are powerful tools for summarising the spatial relationships between population groups and thereby providing the basis for analysis and public policy intervention. While the broad concept of segregation may be intuitive, measurement is challenging because of the complexity of varied dimensions and spatial arrangements. Many traditional measures can be criticised for over-simplification or over-reduction, not least in their treatment of geographical space. Over the last several decades, however, a series of measures has been developed to explicitly incorporate the spatial arrangement of population groups as well as their interactions. This paper reviews the development of spatial segregation measures, particularly focusing on the mathematical formulation of spatial arrangement/relations. In addition, several related issues are discussed, including representation of spatial interaction, spatial scale and statistical inferences. Also, this paper presents an overview of existing software tools that are readily available for calculating some of the reviewed measures. Finally, discussions on challenges and future research are provided.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yao, Dr Jing and Minton, Dr Jonathan and Bailey, Professor Nick
Authors: Yao, J., Wong, D. W.S., Bailey, N., and Minton, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
ISSN (Online):1467-9663
Published Online:20 February 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG
First Published:First published in Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 110(3): 235-250
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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