New South Wales


Lunchtime Seminar: The new geography of inequality in Australia


From: Thursday April 19, 2018, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday April 19, 2018, 2:00 pm


There has been an increasing focus in the developed world on high and apparently rising levels of income and wealth inequality. While there are measurement challenges in the medium to long term, it is fair to say that on balance income inequality is as high now as it has been for a number of decades, and does not appear to be falling in any substantial way. On some measures, income inequality has increased in the short to medium term. One aspect of inequality that often gets overlooked when using national level sample surveys is the spatial distribution. To what extent does the neighbourhood, suburb, city, or region in which a person lives predict their income and other measures of economic wellbeing. In this presentation, we will discuss the burgeoning international literature on the geography of inequality and why it matters. We will then describe the spatial patterns of inequality in Australia and how they are changing through time, using a range of new datasets that have not been utilized to analyse inequality and its spatial distribution.

About the Speakers:

Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle is Deputy Director of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and Director of the newly created Policy Experiments Lab ( He has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Education from Monash University. He also has a PhD in Public Policy from the ANU where he wrote his thesis on the benefits of and participation in education of Indigenous Australians. He previously held a Senior Research Officer and Assistant Director position in the Methodology Division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Francis Markham is a research fellow at at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University. His research aims to integrate critical geographic theory with quantitative methods, in particular the social applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). His current research investigates questions related to the geography of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. His doctoral research took a GIS approach to the investigation of the local impacts of poker machines. Between 2011-12, he was a research associate at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, where he worked on an ARC Linkage project entitled "Gambling-related harm in Northern Australia.”



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