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Measuring Gentrification and Displacement in Greater London


Atkinson, R, Measuring Gentrification and Displacement in Greater London, Urban Studies, 37, (1) pp. 149-165. ISSN 0042-0980 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0042098002339


The use of aggregate data to understand the linkages between gentrification and displacement has been considered problematic because of a lack of refinement of closeness to the nature of these processes as well as lacking the ability to 'track' displaces. This paper presents the results of pioneering work designed to overcome these problems by combining cross-sectional census data with spatially re-aggregated longitudinal census data (the Longitudinal Study). Using established approaches to measure gentrification, via proxy measures, and devising others for its potential displacees, the work demonstrates a displacement effect clustered around gentrified wards. Attempts are made to quantify flows of displacement relative to city-wide changes over the decade. The paper concludes that, although replacement and displacement are difficult to distinguish, displacement appears prevalent for certain groups and this requires further research initiatives to explore a process that is socially and psychologically harmful.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Atkinson, R (Associate Professor Rowland Atkinson)
ID Code:34513
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:247
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-30

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