Geography in Practice: The Ethnic Group Deprivation Index for England and Wales


12:00 - 13:00

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This is the first of two sessions designed to introduce the Ethnic Group Deprivation Index (EGDI) for England and Wales, ed by Professor Chris Lloyd and Professor Gemma Catney (Queens University Belfast). Deprivation measures are used widely to understand spatial inequalities, to design interventions, and to target support to those in need. The EGDI offers a novel perspective by considering, for the first time, how deprivation differs by ethnic group and domain (type) of deprivation in neighbourhoods across England and Wales. The EGDI has been created a custom cross-tabulated 2021 Census dataset on employment, housing tenure, education and health by ethnic group.

The index reveals the small area geographies of ethnic inequalities that have to date received scant attention, and yet have profound impacts on life chances and well-being. The EGDI demonstrates that while one ethnic group in a neighbourhood may have high relative levels of deprivation, another ethnic group in that same neighbourhood may experience very low relative levels. The EGDI can be used to help shape locally and culturally sensitive policy development and resource allocation.

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