Title
Measuring inequality in rural England : the effects of changing spatial resolution
Description
The sustainability of rural development depends on the distribution of the social and environmental resources needed to maintain and improve the vitality of rural areas. Here we examine the complexity of measuring patterns of distribution using examples of socio-economic data on rural poverty and affluence as well as data on environmental quality and species richness. We demonstrate how changes in the base spatial units used for analysis have different effects on different measures of inequality. The effects of such changes in spatial resolution also depend on the underlying processes that generate the data. The results of our investigations into the effects of scale on the assessment of inequality suggest that where data come from both the social and natural science sources, the most appropriate level for analysis is that of the finest common resolution. This may result in redundancy of effort for some types of data but any such disadvantage is offset by the benefits of identifying inequalities that are masked at coarser resolutions.
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a425
URL Description
Abstract
Language
English
Author
Meg Huby
Author
Annemarieke de Bruin
Author
Piran White
Author
Steve Cinderby

accessibility; disadvantage; environment; interdisciplinary; pollution; remoteness; rural areas; rural life; rural-urban disparities; rural economics

Notes
The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and planning A, 41, 12, 3023-3037, 2009.
Volume number
41
Issue number
12
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
0308-518X
Publisher
Pion
Date of publication
01 January 2009
Page reference
3023-3037
Place of publication
London
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Postprint
Title of journal
Environment and planning A
Harvard
Huby, Meg et al (2009) Measuring inequality in rural England : the effects of changing spatial resolution. Environment and planning A. 41 (12), pp. 3023-3037 London: Pion.
Vancouver
Huby Meg et al. Measuring inequality in rural England : the effects of changing spatial resolution. Environment and planning A 2009; 41 (12): 3023-3037.