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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Neighbourhood effects symposium

Mechanisms, methods and policy.

A one day symposium organised by MICRA, fRaill: Frailty, Resilience And Inequality in Later Life and the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing research group

Thursday 25 June 2015

A body of literature has found that characteristics of neighbourhoods, such as the level of deprivation or the nature of local food availability, have influence on social outcomes. At the same time, it is well known that there are serious methodological challenges that make identification of such neighbourhood effects problematic. For example, how can we separate the characteristics that determine residence from those that have influence on social outcomes such as health? What are the specific mechanisms through which neighbourhood characteristics influence social outcomes?

A recent ESRC seminar series and book, developed in part by researchers at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST), laid out ten challenges for researchers involved in neighbourhood effects research. This exciting interdisciplinary symposium provided a response to some of these challenges with a showcase of the latest research on neighbourhood effects at The University of Manchester. The symposium included a plenary presentation from Hallsworth visiting professor, Ana Diez Roux (Dean of the School of Public Health, Drexel University). The research papers focussed on the idea of neighbourhood effects operating differently for different population groups (including older people and ethnic minority groups) and in different national contexts, the impact of policy on neighbourhood effects and the latest methodological perspectives, both qualitative and quantitative, within the research field.

Speakers included: