Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Residential mobility and social polarisation in Barcelona

A new study by Toni brings an interesting analysis on residential mobility and social polarisation in Barcelona.

López-Gay, A. (2016) “Barcelona’s got talent: migration, residential change and socioeconomic polarisation”, Perspectives Demogràfiques, num. 3, pp. 1-4.
"The data show that Barcelona has considerable power of attraction for a highly-qualified youthful population, but little power when it comes to distributing this population homogeneously among its neighbourhoods. The central part of the city is more attractive for the well-qualified population which is arriving, while hardly any of the less-educated population is moving into these neighbourhoods. Moreover, the internal residential mobility of the Barcelona inhabitants tends to perpetuate pre-existing socioeconomic differences in the city [...] . The combination of these dynamics is, then, contributing towards the process of socioeconomic polarisation in the city of Barcelona."


Friday, July 15, 2016

Urban Picture

A dazzling photo of São Paulo, by the Brazilian photographer Claudio Edinger.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Active transportation in Brazil

alert of shameless self-promotion 
"Approximately a third of men and women actively commute to work in Brazil, similar to European countries such as France (34.9%) and Holland (37.9%), and below the rates found in China (46.1%)."

This is from a paper I have recently published with colleagues. The paper has been published in both English and Portuguese. Details below.

Sá, T. H. de, Pereira, R. H. M., Duran, A. C., & Monteiro, C. A. (2016). Socioeconomic and regional differences in active transportation in Brazil. Revista de Saúde Pública, 50. doi:10.1590/S1518-8787.2016050006126

Abstract:
OBJECTIVE: To present national estimates regarding walking or cycling for commuting in Brazil and in 10 metropolitan regions.
METHODS: By using data from the Health section of 2008’s Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílio (Brazil’s National Household Sample Survey), we estimated how often employed people walk or cycle to work, disaggregating our results by sex, age range, education level, household monthly income per capita, urban or rural address, metropolitan regions, and macro-regions in Brazil. Furthermore, we estimated the distribution of this same frequency according to quintiles of household monthly income per capita in each metropolitan region of the country.
RESULTS: A third of the employed men and women walk or cycle from home to work in Brazil. For both sexes, this share decreases as income and education levels rise, and it is higher among younger individuals, especially among those living in rural areas and in the Northeast region of the country. Depending on the metropolitan region, the practice of active transportation is two to five times more frequent among low-income individuals than among high-income individuals.
CONCLUSIONS: Walking or cycling to work in Brazil is most frequent among low-income individuals and the ones living in less economically developed areas. Active transportation evaluation in Brazil provides important information for public health and urban mobility policy-making



Sunday, July 3, 2016

Urban Picture

Construction site of the light rail in the port area of Rio. At least someone is smiling despite all the problems with the Olympic Games.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

6th Anniversary of Urban Demographics !

On this 25th of June I celebrated the 6th Anniversary of Urban Demographics blog. It has been a really valuable resource  of procrastination  as a personal repository of papers, maps and texts I find interesting. Thanks for all the readers \o/

Here are some stats that show a summary of the blog over the past year. Please, feel free to drop me a line with suggestions on how to improve the blog. If you have any criticisms, please direct them to this other blog here.

  • 153 posts, an average of 3 posts per week 
  • 40,088 visits, an average of 11 visits per day
  • 3,865 followers on Twitter
  • 1,834 likes on Facebook 
  • 275 rss subscribers



Where do readers come from? (170 Countries, or 4,513 Cities)
  1. United States (29.1%) 
  2. Brazil (14.3%) 
  3. United Kingdom (9.6%) 
  4. Germany (3.4%) 
  5. Canada (2.9%) 
  6. India (2.7%)
  7. other countries (38%) Not many readers in Siberia no Greenland though


Friday, June 24, 2016

Quick (and sad) note on Brexit

The Leave Vote was strongest in regions (1) most economically dependent on EU, and (2) with fewest migrants. via John Burn-Murdoch (more here)



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

On my way to Brazil

The blog will be a little less active in the next few days as I'm flying to Brazil today.

I will be between Rio and Brasilia, where I'll be  hanging out with family and friends  discussing the transport legacy of the Olympic Games in Brazil and its impacts on urban accessibility and equity. In case you're also going to the WPSC conference, feel free to drop me a line or a tweet so we can chat over some caipirinhas at the conference.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My latest failed plot

Unintentionally creating abstract art in R using ggplot2. I fail my PhD, I'll try to sell my plots to an art gallery.