Urban Segregation and Inequality in Europe and China Conference

Monday 31 July 2017
11:00 - 16:30 BST
The Sheffield Methods Institute and The School of East Asian Studies

The Sheffield Methods Institute in collaboration with the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield is hosting a three-quarter day conference focused on residential segregation and inequality in European and Chinese cities on 31 July 2017.

Rapid growth in internal and international migration over the past decades, and the associated rise of nationalism have led to increasing concerns about segregation, whether it is rising or falling and whether segregation is necessarily a bad thing.

At the same time there are growing concerns about rising inequality. Inequalities in income, health and other aspects of well-being across different ethnic and social groups, also raise questions about the links with segregation. To what extent do inequality and segregation reinforce one another, particularly given the tendency for housing markets to sort residents according to their ability to afford the best locations?

This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to offer a forum for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss and debate about the nature, causes and consequences of segregation and inequality in European and Chinese contexts and consider solutions to tackling them. It is sponsored by the ESRC-CASS project entitled ‘Urban Development, Migration, Segregation and Inequality’. This International Centre Partnership brings together researchers from three leading urban research organisations: the Urban Big Data Centre at University of Glasgow, the Sheffield Methods Institute at University of Sheffield, and the CASS Institute of Urban and Environmental Studies in Beijing. 

The conference is followed by a 4-day summer school on Applied Statistical Methods for Analysing Segregation & Inequality open to all conference attendees.


  • Dr Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede Trust, London
  • Professor Gwilym Pryce, Co-Director of the ESRC CDT Data Analytics and Society and Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics at the Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Jingjing Shan, Professor at the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies and Head of the Urban Planning Research Office, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Professor Tiit Tammaru, Professor of Urban and Population Geography and Head of the Centre for Migration and Urban Research at the Department of Geography, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Professor Yaping Wang, Professor and Chair in Global City Futures, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Yiming Wang, Senior Lecturer in Cities and Public Policy at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
  • Professor Houkai Wei, Professor and Director of the Rural Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China