In 2014, the estimated urban population of the planet was about 54%. The trend of the world turning more and more urban is on the rise.
Is there a relationship between the sizes of cities, the sizes of their populations, and trends of inequality? Are the world’s urban spaces more unequal than rural or regional places?
Perhaps surprisingly, while inequality of wealth and income is now at the forefront of research in many disciplines, the spatial angle of inequality is less understood or talked about. First and foremost, cities are spatial agglomerations, dense concentrations that signal that somehow people choose (or, in some cases, are forced to) live in tight structures of networked interactions. How can social and economic processes of interaction, embedded and constrained by space, produce inequality? What are the spatial aspects of the manifestation of inequality? Can space be a driver of inequality?
This blog is about sharing thoughts on these questions. This blog is also about methods of measurement, detection, and interpretations, and new forms of data providing new types of insights on cities, their structures and dynamics.