Capturing and Visualizing Superdiversity in Urban Space

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Sakura Yamamura, Alan Gamlen
Chairs: Steven Vertovec

Call for Submissions

We welcome contributions covering (but not limited to):
o site surveys in global cities
o multi-sited and single-sited ethnography
o digital mental mapping
o capturing intimate, collective and symbolic city spaces
o trans-ethnography of super-diverse streets and/or cities
o quantification of diversity
o indices on multiple deprivation and diversity issues
o typology of displacement and gentrification
o GIS mapping technology
o infographics and visualizations of geospatial datasets
o computer vision and image processing
o scrollytelling data


One decade after its introduction, the superdiversity concept (Vertovec, 2007, 2017) has widely found echoes in migration research, but also in further fields, such as business studies or linguistics, whereas its usage in scholarship is as diverse as the term itself suggests. Particularly for geographers, the multi-variate diversification in and of urban spaces worldwide is inevitable, yet assessments going beyond choropleth mapping and heat maps on population statistics are still rather rare. Exceptions on the qualitative side are ethnographic approaches, such as the ‘trans-ethnography’ of super-diverse streets (Hall 2012, 2015), which however focus on single case studies.

Aiming to synthetize methodological approaches for capturing superdiversity in urban spaces, allowing intra- as well as inter-urban comparative analyses, this session calls for contributions, which suggest innovative methods towards the spatial analysis of superdiversity. Quantitative approaches, such as conceptual papers discussing the quantification of superdiversity, but also research based on qualitative methods, such as unique ethnographic assessments of superdiversity in urban space are welcome. The session also seeks out innovative visualizations methods for capturing urban diversification.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Fran Meissner*, TU Delft, Dynamics and trajectories, Not categories – Visualising neighbourhood trajectories and (legal-status) diversity in Dutch cities 18 1:10 PM
Presenter Alan Gamlen*, Monash University, Exploring metropolitan super-diversity through data visualisation 18 1:28 PM
Presenter Paul Lassalle*, Strathclyde Business School, Sakura Yamamura, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Mapping Superdiversity of entrepreneurial landscapes in the streets of Glasgow 18 1:46 PM
Presenter Sondra Cuban*, Western Washington University, Mapping Super-Diverse Routes of Immigrant Women To an In Chile 18 2:04 PM
Presenter JINA LEE*, , TalkingMap: Drawing ‘New Maps’ of New Malden 18 2:22 PM
Discussant Steven Vertovec 10 2:40 PM

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