Socio-spatial context and outcomes

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UK HOME-BASED BUSINESS MAP
Source: Houston, 2016

This work stream assesses how socio-spatial outcomes of home-based self-employment and businesses (HBBs) vary across space thereby testing the significance of the neighbourhood and city scales.

  • In what type of places do home-based self-employed workers reside?
  • Does home-based self-employment link disadvantaged neighbourhoods back to the city?
  • Does home-based self-employment connect socio-economically different places?

A key data source we use is Census of Population data for the UK 2011 and 2001 which allow us to investigate for small geographic units where home-based self-employment has increased and how this is connected with other area characteristics and change.

The location of HBBs who make active use of these web-based social networks will be visualised using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and census data for the UK and regional data for other countries will be linked to these data to analyse associations between social media use with local/regional socio-economic patterns.