Gemma Catney


  • Room 02.009 - Geography Building

    United Kingdom

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I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: -The geographies of ethnic diversity -Residential segregation -Internal migration -Ethnic and racial inequalities


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Research Interests

Dr Gemma Catney is a Population and Social Geographer with research interests in ethnic residential segregation and diversity, ethnic inequalities, and internal migration. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Gill Memorial Award, for outstanding early career research.


Gemma's main research focuses include (i) the changing residential geographies of ethnic diversity, mixing and segregation; (ii) the relationship between ethnic concentrations and neighbourhood deprivation; (iii) labour market inequalities between ethnic groups, in particular the role of place in influencing employment outcomes; and (iv) the multiple scales of neighbourhood identity. In exploring these contemporary issues, she has developed expertise in the analysis of individual and area level Census data, making use of longitudinal and advanced spatial methods. 

Prior to joining Queen's University Belfast in 2018, Gemma was Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool. From 2012 to 2014, she held a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, to explore the ‘Geographies of ethnic and social segregation in England and Wales, 1991-2011'. Gemma has held research positions at the University of Manchester and Queen's University Belfast, where she gained her PhD in Geography.


Gemma has published widely in leading international journals, and her research has attracted funding from the Leverhulme Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, and the Health and Social Care Board. 


Gemma's research has been used as evidence in government reviews, cited in numerous policy reports, and featured in the national and local press. She sits on the Editorial Boards of The Geographical Journal and Urban Geography, and is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.


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