Using local statistics to portray ethnic residential segregation in London

Much has been written about ethnic residential segregation in urban areas, almost all of it deploying single-index numbers to measure the degree of segregation. These give very little detailed appreciation of the extent to which different ethnic groups live apart from each other, and where.

This paper suggests that a combination of measures derived from local spatial statistics, which identify the geography of clustering, and a typology of residential areas, which describes the population composition of each area, provides much greater insight into the nature and extent of segregation. Data for the six main ethnic groups in London in 2001 (Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Black African, Black Caribbean, and White) illustrate the potential of this approach.

Michael Poulsen
Ron Johnston
James Forrest
Centre for Market and Public Organisation