Current Research

Spatial patterns of inequality at different geographical scales

Within the EU H2020 funded project “RELOCAL: Resituating the Local in Cohesion and Territorial Development” I am responsible for the research in WP5 “Longitudinal studies of territorial inequality”.

The specific objectives of this work package are to:

  • identify the spatial patterns of inequality at different geographical scales in order to show how the Modifiable Area Unit Problem (MAUP) can lead to inaccurate interpretation of spatial inequalities (and consequently policy interventions);
  • propose standardised tools for the analysis of spatial patterns of inequality at more appropriate geographical scales and how such tools can be applied in countries with different access to detailed geographical data;
  • assess how spatial inequalities at different geographical scales affect individual level outcomes across their life-course.

The project will use large, individual-level, geo-coded, longitudinal datasets on the full population of the Netherlands in collaboration with project partners in the UK and Sweden.

Ethnic minority concentration and the intention to vote for the radical right

Within the ERC funded project DEPRIVEDHOODS: Socio-Spatial Inequality, Deprived Neighbourhoods, led by Professor Maarten van Ham, I am currently working on a research paper on the relation between ethnic minority concentration at multiple geographical scales, ranging from very micro (i.e. 0.01km2) to macro level (i.e. municipality), and the intention to vote for the radical right.

 

Neighborhood Processes Related to Crime, Collective Efficacy and Ethnic Diversity

In collaboration with Professor Dietrich Oberwittler (Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law) I am currently working on three research papers involving neighborhood processes related to minority concentration, disorder perceptions and collective efficacy.