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    Intergenerational exchange


    The relationship between age and residential location has attracted little recent research despite a growing concern that social and spatial separation of extra-familial generations may threaten social cohesion. This study uses harmonised small area data from the censuses of England and Wales to investigate changes in the residential segregation of older and younger adults in Britain over the period 1991 to 2011. It examines the residential patterns of different adult age groups for neighbourhoods across the country, and for neighbourhoods within local authority areas, to determine whether, and where, residential age segregation is increasing.
    The findings will contribute to understanding both the processes of segregation by age and the implications for a range of policy issues.

    Key Research Questions:
    1. Has the residential segregation of older relative to younger adults increased in recent decades and, if so, to what extent?

    2. Have particular places or types of neighbourhood experienced more residential age segregation than others?

    3. What are the main processes underlying residential age segregation and what are the implications of the findings?
    Findings to date reveal increasing residential segregation by age across neighbourhoods in England and Wales, although not every district is equally affected. Age segregation tends to be higher in more rural areas, but there is also evidence of convergent clusters of segregation in urban settings, especially in former industrial areas in the North of England.

    Publications & Activities

    Exploring segregation and diversity through the lense of intersectionality
    Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual Conference (2019). (RGS London)
    Authors: Finney N,

    Generational geographies and housing inequalities in England and Wales
    British Society for Population Studies 2018 Conference (2018). (University of Winchester)
    Authors: Sabater A, Graham E, Finney N,


    Let me take you down, cause we're going to Argyll and Bute

    'Older people have pulled up the ladder': inside England's oldest and youngest towns The Guardian. 2017
    News Article titled 'Older people have pulled up the ladder': inside England's oldest and youngest towns, posted online by The Guardian, quotes Albert Sabater.

    We are becoming segregated into young and old communities without realising The Conversation. 2017
    Blog written by Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham and Nissa Finney discussing age segregation.