Urban Socio-Economic Segregation and Income Inequality: A Global Perspective

M. van Ham (Editor), T. Tammaru, Ruta Ubareviciene, H.J. Janssen

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This open access book investigates the link between income inequality and socio-economic residential segregation in 24 large urban regions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. It offers a unique global overview of segregation trends based on case studies by local author teams. The book shows important global trends in segregation, and proposes a Global Segregation Thesis.

Rising inequalities lead to rising levels of socio-economic segregation almost everywhere in the world. Levels of inequality and segregation are higher in cities in lower income countries, but the growth in inequality and segregation is faster in cities in high-income countries. This is causing convergence of segregation trends. Professionalisation of the workforce is leading to changing residential patterns. High-income workers are moving to city centres or to attractive coastal areas and gated communities, while poverty is increasingly suburbanising. As a result, the urban geography of inequality changes faster and is more pronounced than changes in segregation levels. Rising levels of inequality and segregation pose huge challenges for the future social sustainability of cities, as cities are no longer places of opportunities for all.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages523
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-64569-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-64568-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameThe Urban Book Series
ISSN (Print)2365-757X
ISSN (Electronic)2365-7588


  • Socio-Economic Segregation
  • Residential Segregation
  • Dissimiliarity Index
  • Income Inequality
  • Occupational Categories
  • Socio-Economic Group
  • GINI-index
  • Large Cities / Metropoles
  • Neighbourhood Change


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