Race and Mobility

GCRO Research Project
with Christina Culwick, Samy Katumba,
Chris Wray and Graeme Gotz

Read the journal article here

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The following abstract and accompanying maps comprise a brief journal article published in Regional Studies, Regional Science 2(1) in 2015. I contributed to the project conceptualisation, mapping and design:

“A key factor in understanding a city-region is the daily flows of people between its
constituent parts. Mapping of the commuter field may help delineate the functional
extent of the region, clarify challenges of transport efficiency, access and affordability,
and reveal the impact of key transport interventions over time. It may also elucidate
social dimensions of life in the region, notably patterns of inequality between groups.
Data from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory’s (GCRO) 2013 Quality of Life
Survey were used to map trips to work made by white and (separately) African
respondents. The maps illustrate the functional extent of the city-region as well as
ongoing racial disparities in geographic access-to-work opportunities in a region
historically patterned by apartheid spatial forms. While there is significant continuity
from the past, there are also some surprising new trends.”