Daily Life Segregation: Causes, Patterns and Consequences

Type: Paper
Theme: Geography, GIScience and Health: Building an International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN)
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Transportation Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Madison A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Fei Li, Donggen Wang
Chairs: Fei Li


The isolation of disadvantaged populations could reinforce and exacerbate social divides and inequalities. Increasing evidence suggests that socio-spatial isolation and segregation are not only experienced in residential neighborhoods, but also in individuals’ daily life spaces, or activity spaces. A series of recent studies have revealed long-overlooked patterns of socio-spatial isolation in individuals’ daily lives and raised intriguing questions for future research. Forming a better understanding of human activities and behaviors has become a pressing need for researchers, urban planners and policymakers in order to address the widening social gaps and persistent segregation issues in contemporary cities.

The development of the activity-space approach to socio-spatial isolation and segregation research has greatly benefited from innovations in data collection and analytic methods, such as the use of social media or smart phone based activity data and big data techniques. Meanwhile, this nascent literature also faces challenges on conceptual, methodological and empirical grounds. In this session, we invite researchers to share new work on social isolation and segregation in activity spaces or everyday lives, and discuss the emerging opportunities, insights and challenges in this rapidly developing field. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: the various forms and causes of daily life segregation; the dynamics and driving factors of activity patterns; the impact of daily life segregation on wellbeing and life outcomes; the role of the time dimension in social interaction and isolation; innovative methodologies and measurements; socio-spatial exclusion and inequalities. If you are interested in presenting in this session, please send your abstract and PIN to Fei Li (feili@gsu.edu) or Donggen Wang (dgwang@hkbu.edu.hk) by October 19, 2018. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions.

The session(s) organized through this CFP will be part of the AAG 2019 Special Theme on Geography, GIScience, and Health: Building an International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN). (Please see the theme’s webpage for details about the theme:


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Fei Li*, , Donggen Wang, Hong Kong Baptist University, Biyu Chen, Wuhan University, Daily Life Segregation and Exposure to Congestion in Shenzhen, China 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Weijie Hu*, The University of Sydney, Yiting Wang, Chongqing Normal University, Job Choice, Location and Mobility among Rural Migrants Living in Public Rental Housing in Chongqing, China 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Bi Yu Chen*, Wuhan University, Donggen Wang, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University, Understanding the Impacts of Human Mobility on Accessibility Using Massive Mobile Phone Tracking Data 20 3:45 PM
Presenter Abigail L. Cochran*, University of California, Berkeley, Daniel G. Chatman, University of California, Berkeley, Does Privatization Mean Isolation? Transportation Mode Use and Out-of-Home Activity Participation Trends Among People With Disabilities 20 4:05 PM
Presenter Xinlin Ma*, , Yan Zhang, Beijing Union Univeristy, Mei-po Kwan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yanwei Chai, Peking Univerisity, Daily activity differentiation and social inequality in the socially mixed suburban communities in Beijing, China 20 4:25 PM

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