Tackling spatial disparities: geographical mobility and commuting

The policy implications of geographical mobility

Event starts at 10.00-11.30 on 9 July 2020 at Online

Social and economic differences between communities present a challenging picture around the country, that show inequalities rising in terms of productivity, employment and household incomes.

The government’s “levelling up” agenda is aimed at improving places that have historically experienced relatively low growth, stagnation or decline as well as stimulate relatively more dynamic places.

But what will happen when the economic recession from the Covid-19 crisis further increases differences between places in the UK?

In theory, as some places decline and others grow, people and businesses move from one to another – but the depth and persistence of spatial disparities suggest that geographical mobility is not working as expected. The evidence suggests a slow long-term decline in geographical mobility. With a new immigration policy, places will become even more dependent on retaining and attracting talent.

Understanding geographic mobility is important for economic development, wellbeing, climate change, social integration and managing an ageing society, so Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, and the Centre for Cities combined forces to organise a virtual event on this strategic issue.

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