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London partners will be working closely with the Tower Hamlets Council Regeneration Team and follow the re-development of the Whitechapel Market. The area which has a dominant history of migration and catering for local ethnic communities is undergoing major spatial and social transformations, including a new Crossrail station projected to open in 2022.

The London team in collaboration with the Stockholm team will undertake advanced spatial analysis and mapping that focuses on socio-economic inequalities by measuring spatial accessibility and potential for urban mobility. This will include mapping the spatial and social catchment area of local centres and/or public transportation nodes. 

We will especially focus on the opportunities provided for vulnerable and/or minority groups to engage in society. The public transportation node, together with the local neighbourhood centre/square, may be seen as the gateway to the larger city, while amenities and urban resources situated locally and in the proximity of such nodes are essential in forming local living conditions within the “15-minute city”. This feeds both into regional and municipal goals of improving the living conditions of less established groups with fewer resources. Recent research findings have shown that access by migrants to the wider city, and to the community within their local neighbourhood, and the significance of an inflow of non-locals to the ‘local’ neighbourhood are important

MAPURBAN London Research Team

Dr. Jonathan Rock Rokem, University of Kent

Prof. Laura Vaughan, University College London

Dr. Kimon Krenz, University College London

Prof. Susanne Wessendorf, Coventry University


Whitechapel Market