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Symposia Series

This series of high-profile research and debate symposia, convened by members of the UCL Global Migration Network with renowned international guest lecturers, was launched in the academic year 2009-10 with the aim of becoming an annual fixture in debates on migration in the UK.

The events are conceived as an interdisciplinary series, addressing aspects of migration from fields of expertise including political science, laws, sociology, economics, genetics, and the arts.

Open to the public, the series aims to bring together scholars from across the wider academic, non-governmental and public policy community to debate key issues of global migration. It is supported by the UCL Research Challenges Fund and the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.

Four events took place during the 2009/2010 series; for details and film recordings of the lectures, please see here.


13 January 2011

Prof. Douglas Massey (Princeton University)
Post-Modern Segregation in the United States: Patterns, Causes, and Consequences in the 21st Century

Discussant: Prof. Ceri Peach (University of Oxford)

Venue: Darwin Lecture Theatre, 17:30-19:00 (followed by reception) UCL Darwin Building,  Malet Place,  London, WC1E 7JG [Map]

Book your place: The event is free to attend but booking is required. Please book at:


Residential segregation in the United States was historically arranged so that most whites had little or no contact with racial-ethnic minorities, especially Blacks. Since the 1970s segregation levels, in the case of African Americans, have declined while for other groups, such as Hispanics and Asians, segregation has not increased despite the large growth experienced in their population sizes. However, Massey argues that as racial-ethnic segregation has slowly but steadily moderated, new forms of residential differentiation have emerged, mainly along income and education levels. Socio-economic segregation is not only on the rise, but set in the context of the housing boom and bust over the last two decades this has had important and unforeseen consequences for social inequalities. Anti-density zoning laws and sub-prime predatory loan practices have increased Black residential segregation in US metropolitan areas by reducing the quantity of affordable housing in white jurisdictions and concentrating foreclosures in Black neighborhoods. In this talk, Massey explains how “Post-Modern Segregation” is shaping new urban patterns of socio-spatial difference while perpetuating and exacerbating racial and class inequality in the United States. 


Professor Douglas Massey is Henry G Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Massey’s research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, stratification and Latin America, especially Mexico. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, he is also the current president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He is a member of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council and the Immigration Advisory Board of the Russell Sage Foundation and is co-editor of the Annual Review of Sociology.

Prof. Douglas Massey's homepage

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