The Super-diverse streets project was an ESRC-funded research exploration of the intersections between city streets, social diversity and economic adaptations in the context of accelerated migration.
The ‘Super-diverse streets’ project was an ESRC-funded research exploration of the intersections between city streets, social diversity and economic adaptations in the context of accelerated migration (ref: ES/L009560/1). It was a comparative analysis of ‘super-diverse’ high streets that explored how urban retail economies and spaces are shaped by and shape migrant practices. Through the perspective of the multi-ethnic street, aspects of both economic and civic forms of organisation were explored. The project period spanned from 2015 to 2017, and focuses on five high streets within the UK’s most diverse cities, including: London, Leicester, Manchester, Birmingham and Bradford. The project focused on increasing migration into UK Cities over the past two decades, and extended to how urban concentrations of migrants locate, invest in and transform the economies and spaces of UK cities, in particular its urban high streets. This project engaged across processes of macro societal changes, combining migration and shifts in urban retail economies, through the transformation of micro worlds. The making of space, exchange, regulation and representation were at the project’s core.
The first phase of this project incorporated a qualitative survey conducted in 2015, on four ‘super-diverse’ high streets: Rookery Road (Birmingham); Stapleton Road (Bristol); Narborough Road (Leicester); and Cheetham Hill (Manchester). In total, the face-to-face surveys across four streets incorporate 910 units. This included 480 retail units and 351 proprietors were surveyed. This new data on ‘super-diverse streets’ provides insights into the micro-economies that provide important economic and civic resources across UK cities. These are streets that are located in ethnically diverse and comparatively deprived urban places, where urban retail spaces shape and are shaped by migrant investments.
The project built on Ordinary Streets, an earlier research project focusing on Peckham Rye Lane.
Global Cities, Local Streets: Spaces of Everyday Diversity
This website provides information about the 12 shopping streets explored in the book publication Global Cities, Local Streets: Spaces for Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai by Sharon Zukin, Philip Kasinitz and Xiangming Chen.
- LSE Cities events
- 28 September 2017 | High Streets for All
- 21 January 2016 | Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai
- 22 October 2015 | New Urban Diversities: London perspectives
- 6 October 2015 | ‘Ordinary Streets’ film launch
- 21 September 2015 | Migrant streets: exploring radical visualisation
- 4 July 2014 | Keynote: ‘Super-diverse Capital: Migration and city-making’, LSE Groups 2014: Identity and place research conference, 4 July 2014.
- 24 June 2014 | ‘Super-diverse Capital: Spatial networks in migrant cities’, IRIS conference on Superdiversity, University of Birmingham, 24 June 2014.
- Public lectures
- 19 June 2014 | ‘Super-diverse Street: Towards a trans-ethnography’, MPI MMG Lecture Series, Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, 19 June 2014.
- 29 Sep 2017 | New report reveals huge social value of London’s high streets
- 2 May 2017 | Suzanne Hall discusses migration and high streets in Royal Geographical Society podcast
- 18 Oct 2016 | Suzanne Hall contributes to Migration Matters post-Brexit series
- 5 Sep 2016 | Super-diverse streets research to be featured in BBC Brexit Special
- 23 Aug 2016 | Suzanne Hall to give keynote address at the 11th Annual Ethnography Symposium
- 2 Aug 2016 | LSE Cities research used in Channel 4 advert
- 16 Jun 2016 | Envisioning Migration: New article on Super-diverse Streets research
- 6 Apr 2016 | Suzanne Hall delivers migration paper in New York
- 8 Mar 2016 | LSE Cities research highlights role of migrant entrepreneurs
- 4 Feb 2016 | Media feature UK’s most diverse street
- 14 Dec 2015 | Super-diverse streets project Data Profiles | Ethnicity, economy and migration
- 15 Sep 2015 | LSE Cities Suzi Hall, Julia King and Robin Finlay give keynote lecture at The Sociological Review’s symposium
- 25 Aug 2015 | LSE Cities Suzanne Hall featured in Architects Journal
- 9 Jul 2015 | LSE Cities Suzanne Hall, Julia King and Robin Finlay present at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
- 16 Apr 2015 | LSE Cities Suzi Hall presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2015
- 4 Feb 2015 | LSE Cities Suzi Hall edits new issue on ‘Migration 2015’ for Discover Society
- 13 Jan 2015 | LSE Cities Suzi Hall presented at seminar on The Urban Diasporama: Rethinking Globalisation from Below
- 21 Jul 2014 | LSE Cities’ Suzanne Hall’s research featured in The Guardian 21 July 2014
- 13 Jun 2014 | LSE Cities’ Suzanne Hall’s public lecture at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
- 19 Feb 2014 | LSE Cities’ Suzi Hall presents on ‘Migration and the transformation of London’
- 9 Dec 2013 | LSE Cities’ Suzi Hall publishes new paper “Super-diverse street: a ‘trans-ethnography’ across migrant localities”
- Journal articles
- Hall, S. (2017). 'Mooring “super-diversity” to a Brutal Migration Milieu'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40th Anniversary Edition, 40(9), pp. 1562-1573.
- Hall, S., King, J. and Finlay, R. (2015). 'Envisioning Migration: Drawing the Infrastructure of Stapleton Road, Bristol'. New Diversities, 17(2), pp. 59-72.
- Hall, S. (2015). 'Migrant Urbanisms: Ordinary Cities and Everyday Resistance'. Sociology, 49(5), pp. 853–869.
- Hall, S. (2015). 'Super-diverse Street: a ‘Trans-Ethnography’ Across Migrant Localities". Ethnic and Racial Studies, Themed Issue on 'Cities, Diversity, Ethnicity', 38(1), pp. 22-37.
- Research reports
- Magazine articles