Socio-spatial inequality, deprived neighbourhoods and neighbourhood effects

What is the relationship between socio-economic inequality, poverty and neighbourhoods? DEPRIVEDHOODS is a groundbreaking research project that simultaneously studies neighbourhood sorting over time , neighbourhood change, and neighbourhood effects within one theoretical and analytical framework.

“Inequality is getting bigger and this has a major effect on our cities. Our research shows that socio-economic segregation is increasing in Europe: poor and rich keep on living more separated.”

The spatial concentration of poverty within cities is of great concern to national governments. This concern is partly based on a belief in neighbourhood effects: the idea that living in deprived neighbourhoods has an additional negative effect on residents’ life chances over and above the effect of their own characteristics. 

DEPRIVEDHOODS investigates these changing patterns of segregation, but also how segregation influences the outcomes for those living in segregated neighbourhoods. Ultimately, this should lead to better policies to reduce inequality.
This project will be methodologically challenging and will be the first integrated, multi-country research project on neighbourhood effects to use unique geo-referenced longitudinal data from Sweden, United Kingdom, Estonia, and The Netherlands.

Through its integrated and international approach, DEPRIVEDHOODS will fundamentally advance understandings of the ways in which individual out-comes interact with the neighbourhood, which will ultimately lead to more targeted and effective policy measures.


  • Programme: European Research Council
  • ERC Consolidator Grant: € 2.000.000,-
  • Principal researcher: Maarten van Ham
  • Duration: 08/2014-08/2019

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Research output

Study ‘Socio-economic  segregation in european capital cities’ 

Maarten van Ham

  • University of Bristol
  • University of St. Andrews
  • Tartu Ülikool
  • Uppsala Universitet

European Research Council