Mapping activity spaces

Project summary

Feelings of personal and social belonging that are grounded in positive attachments to local neighbourhoods have long been considered important in promoting personal wellbeing and social co-operation. At a time of increasing economic disparity and unprecedented mobility of people and employment, neighbourhoods are becoming both less important in everyday life and more significant for determining access to socio-economic and symbolic resources. Added to this is the changing segregation associated with rising inequality, which magnifies the negative impact of these changes on people living on low incomes. This is the environment in which young people establish their identities as individuals, family members and citizens. Research has indicated the need for better understanding of the concept of shared urban spaces, because these spaces can be interpreted and experienced very differently by different groups, and within each of the groups. The project will work with a small group of young people who have grown up in low income households (16-25 years) to develop and trial a mobile phone application capable of collecting spatially rich demographic data at an individual level. It will also investigate the ethical and methodological issues raised by the use of this technology in social research, particularly with people under 18 years. McCaughey Unit researchers are collaborating with researchers in the the Mathematical Modelling, Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group in the MSPGH.

Staff involved

Dr Deborah Warr (principal investigator)

Dr Richard Williams

Suzanna Mavoa

Dr. Nic Geard

A/Professor Jodie McVernon