In this month’s 2 part Urban Review interview with Mr. Tiit Tammaru, Professor of Urban and Population Geography and Head of the Centre for Migration and Urban Research at the Department of Geography, University of Tartu. We discuss Professor Tammaru's research on 'Socio-Economic Segregation in EU Capital Cities'
"Socio-economic segregation is mainly problematic if it is involuntary, prevents people to have access to services and social mobility, and when living in poverty neighbourhoods is transferred between generations. At certain point, the social, ethnic and spatial fragmentation of the cities can thus lead to problems."
1. You have investigated comparable data (2001 – 2011) of 13 European cities and made predictions about segregation levels in each of these cities. Poor and rich are living increasingly far apart, because people search a place to live that fits their own socio-economic position. Although the socio-economic segregation is relatively modest, the poor are increasingly segregated within the urban communities. What is the main reason?
The EUKN is interested to hear your opinion on this developing issue:
What is your opinion on the role of cities/municipalities in preventive measures against community segregation?