Connecting urban labour markets and deprived neighbourhoods

Principal Investigator:

Alasdair Rae


Ruth Hamilton


January 2015 - January 2016

For too long, the problems of 'deprived neighbourhoods' have been understood in isolation from their wider labour market contexts and from a perspective which stigmatises deprived places themselves. The aim of this project is to develop a suite of policy proposals which can help local and national policymakers overcome the traditional disconnect between deprived neighbourhoods and city regional economic growth. The principal objectives are:

  • to identify which deprived places are well connected within urban labour markets across the UK, and which are not, via the creation of new measures of 'neighbourhood connectedness';
  • to 'ground-truth' this analysis by examining neighbourhood types across the UK's 10 core cities plus London, via empirical analysis and a series of policy consultations; and,
  • to provide research results in a way which resonates with a policy audience, for example, by incorporationg a significant amount of locally-tailored mapping and policy briefings.

The research will seek to respond to the following questions - Are city regions with more disconnected deprived neighbourhoods less successful than other city regions in relation to economic growth? Are there specific features which characterise less connected areas? What are the least/most connected deprived urban neighbourhoods and how do their recent economic histories compare with the performance of their city regions?


Joseph Rowntree Foundation