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A Network Approach to applying Spatial Relatedness to understand Co-Ethnic Urban Settlement Patterns in Australia

Authors: Thomas Sigler*, University of Queensland
Topics: Urban Geography, Australia and New Zealand, Ethnic Geography
Keywords: Networks, Network Theory, Social Network Analysis, Cities, Ethnicity, Australia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 6:40 AM / 7:50 AM
Room: Virtual Track 11
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Successive waves of migration have rendered Australian cities increasingly diverse. This paper analyses the urban geography of migrant settlement in Australian cities from a network perspective. Drawing upon social network analysis (SNA), I apply the concept of 'spatial relatedness' to understand how various groups co-locate in urban space, and how this changes over time. Data are derived from the three most recent census periods across all major Australian state capital city-regions. The results indicate that co-location is visible in network communities, and that community membership changes over time as groups' spatial assimilation levels either increase or decrease. Spatial relatedness between migrant groups is explored in further detail, laying an agenda for the application of the measure in similar contexts to better understand spatial relationships from a networks perspective.

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