Lived experience of suburbanised poverty: an international evidence review

This project will review international evidence on the suburbanisation of poverty underway in cities in many OECD countries. The project aims to:

  • identify key dimensions of experiences and impacts of the suburbanisation of poverty and to synthesise extant evidence on these;
  • assess the extent to which the evidence identifies distinctive experiences and impacts for different social groups;
  • explore what is known about the subjective experiences of the groups concerned and the impacts on suburban neighbourhoods experiencing a growth in poverty rates;
  • synthesise what is known about how key neighbourhood indicators differ between central high poverty areas and suburban areas experiencing a growth in poverty; and,
  • identify and prioritise key research gaps.

In terms of social groups, the main focus will be on assessing the extent of the evidence on experiences of those on low incomes who have relocated to suburbs from urban centres characterised previously by high concentrations of poverty, and whose relocation appears to be driving increasing poverty rates. In terms of neighbourhoods, the focus will be on suburban neighbourhoods which have experienced growth in poverty rates over the last 10-20 years.

Team: Prof Annette Hastings (Co-Investigator), Dr Bilge Serin (Research Associate), Dr Gareth James (Knowledge Exchange)

Timeline: April 2020 – November 2020

Theme: Cross-cutting