10 January 2022

Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China: New book explores new research in social inequality and urban segregation

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A new open access book by Professor Gwilym Pryce, Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics at the University of Sheffield, aims to foster the ongoing dialogue between scholars in Europe and China, bringing together a team of international researchers to shed light on the entwined processes of inequality and segregation, and the implications for urban development. 

Through a rich collection of empirical studies at the city, regional and national levels, the book explores the impact of migration on cities, the related problems of social and spatial segregation, and the ramifications for policy reform.

“While the literature on both segregation and inequality has traditionally been dominated by European and North American studies, there is growing interest in these issues in the Chinese context,” said Professor Pryce. “Economic liberalisation, rapid industrial restructuring, the enormous growth of cities, and internal migration, have all reshaped the country profoundly.

“What have we learned from the European and North American experience of segregation and inequality, and what insights can be gleaned to inform the bourgeoning interest in these issues in the Chinese context? How is China different, both in terms of the nature and the consequences of segregation inequality, and what are the implications for future research and policy?”

Given the continued rise of China’s significance in the world, and its recent declaration of war on poverty, this book offers a timely contribution to scholarship, identifying the core insights to be learned from existing research, and providing important guidance on future directions for policy makers and researchers.

As well as Professor Pryce, authors include University of Sheffield's Gwilym Pryce, Yu Chen, Andy Bell, Aneta Piekut, Dan Olner, Meng Le Zhang and Gwilym Owen, alongside some leading international experts. 

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