Social Mix, Local Services and Social Capital in Scotland
This research looks at the relationship between social mix and local services in Scottish neighbourhoods. The main aim is to examine how access to and quality of local services vary with neighbourhood composition and, secondly, whether the access to services is related to an areas’ social capital.
To obtain measures of social composition, I have classified neighbourhoods through cluster analysis using Scottish Census data. This typology allows me to observe whether social mix, defined as mixed tenure and socio-economic status, contributes to the variation in the access and quality of local services.
The area clusters are then linked to data from the Scottish Household Survey on residents’ perception of the access and quality of local services, ranging from schools and hospitals to shops and leisure facilities. Furthermore, using the SHS data from 1999 onwards enables me to observe temporal changes in local service satisfaction before and after the New Labour period, as they increased spending on public services.
Finally, previous research has pointed to middle-class residents having greater influence over local services through their social capital. The research therefore looks into the variations of social capital across different neighbourhoods, and whether this is related to the provision of services.
- Social Mix
- Public Services
- Social Capital
Sponsor / Funder
Applied Quantitative Methods Network AQMeN, http://www.research.aqmen.ac.uk/
I hold an MRes from Urban studies in Glasgow, and a B.Soc.Sci from the University of Turku, Finland.