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Eva Andersson

About me

Professor in Geography, Human Geography


Research interests

Urban geography, neighbourhood effects, residential/school segregation, social justice, socio-economic career, rural gentrification, residential mobility, elderly, Equipop




Urban Geography at the Human Geography Department


Current research projects

The main themes for my research are residential segregation, mobility, life course trajectories and spatial contextual effects on socio-economic careers. My recent projects include; Spatial integration and segregation: Disadvantaged groups in Sweden in the 2000s (FORTE), Trajectories of vulnerability: A spatial perspective (VR), The neighbourhood revisited/Lyckliga gatan? Geografisk polarisering och social sammanhållning i dagens Sverige (RJ), Migrant Trajectories: Geographical Mobility, Family Careers, Employment, Education, and Social Insurance in Sweden, 1990-2016 (FORTE), RELOCAL - Resituating the Local in Cohesion and Territorial Development (Horizon 2020). Yet other finished research projects are; Education attitudes and educational results in a changing educational landscape’ funded by VR, ’ResSegr – Residential segregation in five European countries’ (Formas, JIP), ‘Contrasts in urban residential segregation: An international comparative study of patterns, driving forces and effects’ financed by VR, ‘Residential Mobility Patterns of Older People, Their Housing Preferences, and Housing Choices’ financed by VR. Project descriptions below. I am also a member of; the European Network for Housing Research, (ENHR) co-coordinating a working group on Disadvantaged Urban Neighbourhoods and Communities.



Borg, Ida, Kawalerowicz, Juta & Andersson, Eva (2022) Socio-spatial stratification of housing tenure trajectories in Sweden – a longitudinal cohort study. Advances in Life Course Research.

Andersson, Eva K., Malmberg, Bo, & Abramsson, Marianne (2021) School Choice and Educational Attitudes: Spatially Uneven Neo-liberalization in Sweden. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography. doi:10.1080/00291951.2021.1920624

Andersson, Eva K., Bo Malmberg & William AV Clark (2021) Neighbourhood Context and Young Adult Mobility: A Life Course Approach, Population, Space and Place 27(3):e2405.

Andersson, Eva K., Thomas Wimark & Bo Malmberg (2020) Tenure type mixing and segregation. Housing Studies, 1-24.

Malmberg, Bo, and Andersson, Eva K. (2020). How well do schools mix students from different neighbourhoods? School segregation and residential segregation in Swedish municipalities. Geographical Analysis. 0:1-25.

Thomas Wimark, Eva Andersson, Bo Malmberg (2020) Tenure type landscapes and housing market change: A geographical perspective on neo-liberalization in Sweden. Housing Studies 35(2): 214-237. doi:10.1080/02673037.2019.1595535

Pontus Hennerdal, Bo Malmberg, Eva K. Andersson (2020) Competition and School Performance: Swedish School Leavers from 1991–2012 Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. 64(1): 70-86.

Andersson, Eva, Hennerdal, Pontus, and Malmberg, Bo (2019). The Re-Emergence of Educational Inequality during a Period of Reforms. A Study of Swedish School Leavers 1991–2012. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. p. 1-21.

Adrian Rogne, Torkild Hovde Lyngstad, Bo Malmberg, Eva Andersson (2019) Neighbourhood Concentration and Representation of Non-European migrants New results from Norway. European Journal of Population. First Online. 

Bo Malmberg, Eva Andersson (2019) Adolescent Neighborhood context and transition to parenthood: A longitudinal study. Population Space and Place, 25(5): 1-20.

Andersson, Eva K., Abramsson, Marianne and Bo Malmberg. (2018) Patterns of changing residential preferences during late-adulthood. Ageing & Society 39(8): 1752-1781. doi.10.1017/S0144686X18000259

Andersson, Eva K., Torkild Hovde Lyngstad and Bart Sleutjes (2018) Editorial Introduction: Comparing patterns of segregation in north-western Europe: A multiscalar approach. European Journal of Population. 34(2): 151–168

Andersson, Eva K., Bo Malmberg, Rafael Costa, Bart Sleutjes, Marcin Jan Stonawski and Helga de Valk (2018) A comparative study of segregation patterns in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden: Neighbourhood Concentration and Representation of Non-European migrants. European Journal of Population. 34(2): 251–275

Malmberg, Bo, Michael M. Nielsen, Eva, K. Andersson and Karen Haandrikman (2018) Residential Segregation of European and Non-European Migrants in Sweden 1990-2012. European Journal of Population. 34(2): 169–193

Andersson, Eva K., and Malmberg, Bo (2018). Segregation and the effects of adolescent residential context on poverty risks and early income career: A study of the Swedish 1980 cohort. Urban Studies, 55(2), 365-383. doi:10.1177/0042098016643915

William A.V. Clark, Eva K. Andersson and Bo Malmberg (2018) What can we learn about changing ethnic diversity from the distributions of mixed race individuals? Urban Geography. vol. 39, no.2, p. 263-281.

William A.V. Clark, Eva K. Andersson, Bo Malmberg (2017) Ethno-racial neighborhood types in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Metropolitan Areas. Additional maps.

Abramsson, Marianne and Andersson, Eva K. (2016) Changing preferences with ageing - housing choices and housing plans of older people. Housing Theory and Society. 2016, vol. 33, no. 2, pages 217-241.

William Clark, Eva Andersson, Bo Malmberg, John Östh (2015) A multi-scalar analysis of neighborhood composition in Los Angeles 2000-2010: a location based approach to segregation and diversity. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol. 105, no. 6, pp. 1260-1284.

Malmberg, Bo, Andersson Eva K. (2015) Multi-scalar residential context and recovery from illness: an analysis using Swedish register data. Accepted for publication in Health & Place 2015. Vol. 35, September 2015, pp. 19–27. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.05.013

Andersson, Eva K. and Malmberg, Bo, (2015) Contextual effects on educational attainment in individualized, scalable neighborhoods; differences across gender and social class. Urban Studies, vol. 52 no. 12, pp. 2117-2133. doi: 10.1177/0042098014542487.

Abramsson, Marianne and Andersson, Eva K. (2014) Changing locations: Central or peripheral moves of seniors? Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. Published online before print

Malmberg, Bo, Andersson, Eva K., and Bergsten, Zara (2014) Composite geographical context and school choice attitudes in Sweden: A study based on individually defined, scalable neighborhoods. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol. 104 no. 4, pp. 869-888.

Andersson, Eva K. (2014) Rural Housing Market Hotspots and Footloose In-migrants. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment vol 30, no. 1, pp. 17-37.

Östh, John, Malmberg, Bo, and Andersson, Eva (2014 august) Analysing segregation with individualized neighbourhoods defined by population size, in C. D. LLOYD, I. SHUTTLEWORTH and D. WONG (Ed.) Social-Spatial Segregation: Concepts, Processes and Outcomes, Ch. 7, pp. 135-161. Policy Press. (ISBN: 9781447301356)

Malmberg, Bo, Andersson, Eva and Östh, John. (2013) Segregation and urban unrest in Sweden. Urban Geography, vol. 34, no.7, pp 1031-1046. Doi: 10.1080/02723638.2013.799370.

Östh, John, Andersson, Eva, & Malmberg, Bo (2013). School Choice and Increasing Performance Difference: A Counterfactual Approach. Urban Studies vol. 50, no 2 February 2013 pp. 407 – 425.

Andersson, Eva and Abramsson, Marianne (2012) Changing residential mobility rates of older people in Sweden. Ageing & Society, vol. 32, no 6. August 2012, pp 963-982.

Andersson, Eva, Malmberg, Bo. & Östh, John (2012) Travel-to-School Distances in Sweden 2000-2006 - Changing School Geography with Equality Implications. Journal of Transport Geography. Vol. 23, Special Issue on Time Geography, July 2012, pp. 35–43., OpenAccess

Abramsson, Marianne, Andersson Eva. (2012) Residential mobility patterns of elderly - leaving the house for an apartment. Housing Studies, vol. 27, no. 5. July 2012, pp. 1-23.

Malmberg, Bo, Andersson, Eva & Östh, John (2011) How does segregation vary between different urban areas? Using a k-nearest neighbour approach to segregation measurement. Work shop 16, ENHR conference in Toulouse, July 5-7, 2011.

Andersson, Eva, John Östh & Bo Malmberg (2010) "Ethnic segregation and performance inequality in the Swedish school system: A regional perspective". Environment and Planning A, Vol. 42, No 11, pp. 2674-2686.

Malmberg, Bo, Eva Andersson & S. V. Subramanian (2010) "Links between ill health and regional economic performance. Evidence from Swedish longitudinal data". Environment and Planning A, Vol. 42, No 5, pp. 1210-1220. doi:10.1068/a42331.

Andersson, Eva and Urban Fransson (2008) "Från Babylon och Chicago till Fittja", pp. 85-118 in Lena Magnusson Turner (red.), Den delade staden. Segregation och etnicitet i stadsbygden. Umeå: Boréa Bokförlag.

Andersson, Eva (2008) Risk and security in home owning and renting. An interview study in Sweden. Research report 2008:1. Gävle: Institute for housing and urban research Uppsala University.

Andersson, Eva (2007) "Sweden: To Own or to Rent?", pp. 225-257 in Marja Elsinga, Pascal De Decker, Nóra Teller and Janneke Toussaint (eds), Home ownership beyond asset and security. Perceptions of housing related security and insecurity in eight European countries. Housing and urban policy studies 32. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Andersson, Eva (2007) "Ohälsans landskap och regional utveckling" (The landscape of unhealth and regional development), s. 16-23 i Malmberg, Bo, Eva Andersson, Mats Johansson och Kent Hermansson, Hälsans betydelse för individens och samhällets ekonomiska utvecking (The importance of health for the economic development of individuals and of the society). Statens Folkhälsoinstitutet, Rapport nr 2007:8. Elanders Östrvåla.

Andersson, Eva, Päivi Naumanen, Hannu Ruonavaara and Bengt Turner (2007) "Housing, Socio-economic Security and Risks. A qualitative comparison of household attitudes in Finland and Sweden", European Journal of Housing Policy 7: 151-172. Author Posting. (c) Taylor & Francis, 2007. European Journal of Housing Policy, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 151-172.

Andersson, Eva and S. V. Subramanian (2006) "Explorations of neighborhood and educational outcomes for young Swedes" (En undersökning av bostadsområde och utbildningsresultat för unga svenskar), Urban Studies Journal, Vol. 43, No 11, pp. 2013-2025.

Andersson, Eva (2004) "From Valley of Sadness to Hill of Happiness – The Significance of Surroundings for Socio-economic Career" (Från Sorgedalen till Glädjehöjden? Omgivningens betydelse för socioekonomisk karrär), Urban Studies Journal, Vol. 41, No 3, s. 641-659.

Andersson, Eva (2004) "Befolkningsprognoser om äldre i Sverige med utblick mot övriga Europa". In Äldrelandskapet. Äldres boende och flyttningar. (Ed) Fransson, Urban, Research report 2004:1. Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Gävle.

Andersson, Eva (2004) "Sveriges äldrelandskap". In Äldrelandskapet. Äldres boende och flyttningar. (Ed) Fransson, Urban, Research report 2004:1. Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Gävle.

Magnusson, Lena, Eva Andersson and Cecilia Enström (2003) The Importance of Housing Systems In Safegarding Social Cohesion in Europe (SOCOHO), National Report Sweden. Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Gävle.

Andersson, Eva (2001) Från Sorgedalen till Glädjehöjden - omgivningens betydelse för socioekonomisk karriär (From Valley of Sadness to Hill of Happiness – The Significance of Surroundings for Socio-economic Career), Geografiska regionstudier No. 44. Dissertation. Uppsala University, Department of Social and Economic Geography.

Borgegård, Lars-Erik, Eva Andersson, and Susanne Hjort (1998) "The Divided City? Socio-Economic Changes in Stockholm Metropolitan Area 1970-94". In Urban Segregation and the Welfare State - Inequality and Social Exclusion in Western Cities. Eds. Musterd, Sako, Wim Ostendorf. Routledge.

Andersson, Eva, Lars-Erik Borgegård and Susanne Hjort (1998) Boendesegregationen i de nordiska huvudstadsregionerna. (Residential Segregation in the Nordic Capital Regions) GERUM, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Umeå University, 1998:2, Umeå.



Andersson, Eva K. John Östh, Estelle Conraux & Bo Malmberg (2012) Social segregation in Greater Stockholm 1995-2008. Poster presented at the EPC, European Population Conference, Stockholm.


Working papers

Malmberg, Bo; Andersson, Eva K. (2021): Exploring life-course trajectories in local spatial contexts across Sweden. Stockholm Research Reports in Demography. Preprint.

Andersson, E., Hennerdal, P., & Malmberg, B. (2018). The Re-Emergence of Educational Inequality during a Period of Reforms. A Study of Swedish School Leavers 1991–2012. Retrieved from Stockholm: SRRD 2018:27

Andersson, Eva (2018) Utbildningsattityder, föräldrars preferenser och skolresultat i ett förändrat utbildningslandskap. In Resultatdialog 2018, Vetenskapsrådet 2018. p. 16-19.

Andersson, E., Hennerdal, P., & Malmberg, B. (2018). The Re-Emergence of Educational Inequality during a Period of Reforms. A Study of Swedish School Leavers 1991–2012. Retrieved from Stockholm: SRRD 2018:27

Bo Malmberg, Michael M. Nielsen, Eva Andersson and Karen Haandrikman (2016) Residential Segregation of European and Non-European Migrants in Sweden: 1990-2012. ResSegr Working Paper 2016:1

Thomas Wimark, Eva Andersson (2015) Kombohusprojektens påverkan på de lokala bostadsmarknaderna. Viktiga för äldres framtida boende. Report to SABO, the Swedish Association of Public Housing Companies, January, 23rd, 2015.

William Clark, Eva Anderson, Bo Malmberg and John Östh (2014) Segregation and De-segregation in Metropolitan Contexts: Los Angeles as a Paradigm for a Changing Ethnic World. Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, SRRD 2014:16

Eva Andersson and Bo Malmberg (2013) Contextual Effects on Educational Attainment in Individualized Neighborhoods: Differences across Gender and Social Class Stockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE) WP 2013:10

Bo Malmberg, Eva Andersson and Zara Bergsten (2013) School Choice Motives: The Effects of Class and Residential Context. Stockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE) WP 2013:11

Östh, John., Andersson, Eva, & Malmberg, Bo (2010) School Choice and Increasing Performance Difference: A Counterfactual Approach. Dept of Sociology, Demography Unit / Stockholm Research Reports in Demography 2010:11. Stockholm University.

Andersson, Eva och Lena Magnusson (2006) Vilken attraktivitet har olika bostadsområden och boendeformer i Gävle? Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF), Uppsala universitet. Rapport till Gävle kommun 2006.

Malmberg, Bo and Eva Andersson (2006) Health as a factor in regional economic development. Arbetsrapport. Institutet för Framtidsstudier, 2006:4. Stockholm, Institutet för framtidsstudier.$104817$fil$7vf0kHdEx63nlUDTD3MG.pdf

Andersson, Eva and Bengt Turner (2005) Institutional Studies. In the EU-project Origins of Security and Insecurity: The Interplay of Housing Systems with Jobs, Household Structures, Finance and Social Security, (OSIS). Uppsala University. Gävle.

Magnusson, Lena and Eva Andersson (2005) Konsekvenser av ekonomiska och sociala förändringar i Europa. Svensk sammanfattning av det EU-finansierade forskningsprojektet SOCOHO. Working paper no. 47. Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Gävle.

Andersson, Eva and Lena Magnusson (2003) The Importance on Housing Systems in Safeguarding Social Cohesion in Europe, Sweden, Part C. (Acronym SOCOHO). Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Gävle.

Andersson, Eva and Lena Magnusson (2002) The Importance on Housing Systems in Safeguarding Social Cohesion in Europe, Sweden, Part B. (Acronym SOCOHO). Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Gävle.

Borgegård, Lars-Erik, Marianne Abramsson, Eva Andersson and Robert Murdie (2000) Invandring, bostäder och planering i Kanada. Rapport från en studieresa med SABOs framtidsstudiegrupp. Arbetsrapport/Working Paper No. 35, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning, Uppsala universitet, Gävle.

Borgegård, Lars-Erik and Eva Andersson (1998) Boendesegregation i nordiska huvudstadsregioner. - Globala influenser med nationella utfall?, GERUM arbetsrapport, Kulturgeografiska institutionen. 1998-06-15.



Spatial integration and segregation: Disadvantaged groups in Sweden in the 2000s, financed by FORTE 2021-2023

It can be argued that a society is never better than how individuals at its spatial outskirts are treated: a society benefits socially and economically on equality and loses on inequality. The purpose of the project is to study, from a life course trajectory perspective, how vulnerable groups are affected by spatial segregation. What role does spatial segregation and integration play in the risk of being linked into vulnerability trajectories or the opportunities to leave vulnerability? What factors influence the spatial integration and separation of vulnerable groups?

In the area of welfare policy, integration has been a guiding principle, as has the ideas of equal upbringing and welfare. Recently, however, the development of income in Sweden has shown increasing gaps. An important part of the integration has always been the spatial integration, both to create equal living conditions and to promote the social cohesion needed for socially sustainable societies. Thus, integration is a basic idea of welfare policy.

In recent years, the idea of integration has met various challenges: new population groups, a liberalization of housing policy (sales, financialization), and disadvantaged housing areas. In parallel with these changes, interest in understanding how spatial segregation affects people's vulnerability has increased.

In the project, we will map the spatial dimensions of vulnerability using partially new methods. To identify life trajectories associated with vulnerability in registry data, we will use latent class analysis. This means that we find classes with life courses that are similar to each other and that can give a better picture of spatial segregation than before. The spatial sorting of vulnerable individuals will then be analyzed using individualized neighborhoods, a method where one can examine tailored neighborhoods for each individual, which can be varied in scale according to what one analyzes and which may be composed of multiple variables.


Trajectories of vulnerability: A spatial perspective. (Utsatthet i longitudinella data: Ett geografiskt perspektiv.) Project time 2021-2023. The Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet. PI Eva Andersson. VR, 2020-01046.

In the Swedish debate, spatial differences in living conditions have increasingly been identified as one of society's major challenges (Delegationen mot Segregation, Delmi). While large population groups enjoy better material living conditions than perhaps ever before, other groups are living in both economic, social, and housing insecurity.

Perhaps most evident in metropolitan areas, affluent and vulnerable groups are found in different places. With a special focus on vulnerable groups, and based on a life-course trajectory approach, the purpose of this project is to clarify the mechanism behind this spatial sorting and to explore the social consequences of increasing geographical polarization. Thus, in this project we want to analyse how different vulnerable groups have fared in the Swedish society and in the housing market. One expected outcome is that the project will show how current policies may be revised in order to promote better outcomes for vulnerable groups. Such policies can focus specifically on neighbourhoods with a concentration of vulnerable groups, but can also include broader measures to counteract the consequences of increased inequality.


Lyckliga gatan? Geografisk polarisering och social sammanhållning i dagens Sverige (RJ)

This program explores the extent to which spatial polarization produces a society that is increasingly polarized in attitudes, valuations, life styles and behaviou and, thus, less socially cohesive. Our focus will be on neighbourhoods as locales for social interaction, socialization, identity formation, and for building social capital. If neighbourhoods, through a process of spatial sorting, come to consist of communities with very different social composition there is a risk that societywide common values and solidarity between groups cannot be established. Spatial polarization can produce neighbourhoods with concentrations of socially marginalized individuals that provide poor contexts for social integration. The research program uses a novel approach to social classification based on lifecourse patterns in education, income, employment, and family formation.

Three broad questions will be addressed: To what extent do individuals that follow similar life course trajectories tend to cluster into similar neighbourhoods? To what extent are individuals’ attitudes formed in and influenced by their neighbourhood residential context? To what extent are the adult life courses of children and adolescents influenced by their exposure to different types of neighbourhoods during childhood? Further, the program considers how neighbourhoods change their composition over time and how such dynamics influence people’s attitudes and well-being.


Migrant Trajectories

Migrant Trajectories: Geographical Mobility, Family Careers, Employment, Education, and Social Insurance in Sweden, 1990-2016 (Migranters livsförlopp: flyttningar, familj, arbete, utbildning och socialförsäkring i Sverige 1990-2016.) PI: Bo Malmberg 2017-(2022) FORTE.



2016- 2020 Horizon 2020. Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development, RELOCAL. H2020-SC6-REV-INEQUAL-2016-2017.


Education attitudes and educational results in a changing educational landscape

The Swedish Research Council (VR)

The project "Education attitudes and educational results in a changing educational landscape" has three trends as basis for analyses. First, the increasing differences in educational background between regions, second the increasing residential segregation by ethnic origin in Swedish metropolitan regions, and third, the increasing school segregation by ethnic origin in Swedish metropolitan regions and increasing performance differences between schools. The purpose of this project is, thus, to analyze the associations between these trends and other changes in the Swedish school system. In the current debates and formation of school policies, there is a need for research-based proposals on how current approaches to school choice, voucher finance, and the establishment of charter schools could be redesigned in ways that improve school performance and educational equity. The project will answer questions such as; long-term effects on educational attainment in different social and ethnic groups, polarization of student attitudes, spatial sorting of students, school locational decisions, as well as parental preferences for social and ethnic homogeneity in schools. Questions will be addressed by estimating and evaluating an appropriately designed statistical model using data from a survey and SCB register data. The project adopts a geographical perspective within the theory that the social environment in the form of neighbors and this case schoolchildren (peer effects), affect children and young people's choices and attitudes for future educational achievements.

Together with; Pontus Hennerdal and Bo Malmberg

Time period: 2015-2017


ResSegr – Residential segregation in five European countries

JPI Urban Europe (Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe) 2014–2016.

Karen Haandrikman will act as PI (principal investigator) and direct researchers at the Department of Human Geography in Stockholm, Human Geography and Sociology at the University of Oslo, Statistics Denmark, NIDI (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute), and Interface Demography at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The project involves advanced spatial methods and register-based geographic and demographic research. It builds on Swedish research experience that is now extended to other countries with similarly good infrastructures in terms of register data.

The Swedish funding comes from the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Formas.

Summary of the project

This project employs an innovative technology for urban analysis that addresses a main concern of contemporary urban policy: urban residential segregation and its effects on social inclusion. International comparisons of residential segregation and the effectiveness of various strategies are lacking, because segregation is spatially complex and because geographical units of analysis are different in size and distribution. Our innovative approach uses the increased availability of geocoded individual data to construct individualized scalable neighbourhoods to measure segregation. For comparative research, the advantage of using egocentric neighbourhoods with a predetermined number of neighbours is that it allows direct comparison across national and urban contexts. In ResSegr we will compute measures of socio-demographic segregation based on such neighbourhoods for urban areas in Europe. Based on these measurements, we will compare patterns of segregation, evaluate theories about the driving forces of residential segregation and examine effects of area-based programmes on segregation. The method has proven very successful using Swedish micro data. By creating a European database on segregation measures we will enable public and private actors to assess patterns of segregation in places with different political and economic systems and give tools to fight this substantial threat to social cohesion and the welfare state.


Stockholm University SIMSAM Node for Demographic Research (SUNDEM), Principal applicant Gunnar Andersson. Financed with 25 000tkr by Vetenskapsrådet 2010-2018.


Stadens segrationsmönster: En internationell jämförande studie av boendesegregationens mönster, drivkrafter och effekter

Contrasts in urban residential segregation: An international comparative study of patterns, driving forces and effects

In almost all societies, increasing residential segregation is considered to be a substantial threat to the welfare state. Strategies to decrease segregation and its negative societal effects are utilized in many urban areas worldwide, yet international comparisons of the effectiveness of various strategies are not commonplace. There are several reasons for the lack of comparison. Two of the most important include the inability of segregation measures to capture the spatial complexities of segregation, and the fact that geographical units of analysis (blocks, census tracts, municipalities, etc.) are so different in size and distribution that comparison makes little sense. Our research team has developed a new method for the creation of geographical units of analysis that enables comparison between countries and over time. The method makes use of statistics from existing geographical units but converts the statistics to values representing counts of individuals surrounding each neighbourhood. The method has been tested by researchers in several countries and has proven effective in comparative analysis of segregation between countries. The method opens up a possibility to compare the effectiveness of various local and international strategies for fighting segregation. The project initially involves comparison of four countries, but due to a large interest from other international researchers we envisage that the group of comparing countries will increase.

Together with;

John Östh, Uppsala University, principal applicant

Bo Malmberg, Stockholm University

Clark, William University of California, Los Angeles Department of Geography

Shutlleworth, Ian Queen´s University Belfast, Department of Geography


Residential mobility patterns of elderly

In many western societies the increasing share of elderly is a special concern for the future. One issue in this debate is housing for these elderly. A hypothesis in Sweden is that tomorrow's and today's elderly will increasingly demand an apartment in a central location in exchange for their house in the suburb. This assumption includes the idea that the elderly thereby change tenure form from homeownership to cooperative housing or rental housing. Rental and cooperative housing typically includes more service for residents. There are studies pointing to such a residential mobility trend among seniors but quantitative tests are wanted. We will follow the total cohorts born in the 1920s 1930s and 1940s and their mobility patterns between 2001 and 2006. What characterize the movers and stayers respectively and do the elderly movers compete for the same apartments as young entrants on the housing market do? Especially planning processes are to be informed by such an analysis. In this paper we analyze the residential mobility patterns among pensioners, and pensioners to be, using a register database, Geoswede, comprising the total Swedish population.

Together with Marianne Abramsson, N I S A L - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later, Linköping University, Sweden.