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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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Research Output

Challenging Assumptions. Ethnic diversity is increasing: does this mean the UK is becoming more segregated?

Catney, G., 2020, In : Geography. 105, 1, p. 34-38 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A spatial analysis of health status in Britain, 1991–2011

    Dearden, E. K., Lloyd, C. D. & Catney, G., 01 Jan 2019, In : Social Science and Medicine. 220, p. 340-352 13 p.

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    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Residents’ perspectives on defining neighbourhood: mental mapping as a tool for participatory neighbourhood research

    Catney, G., Frost, D. & Vaughn, L., 2019, In : Qualitative Research. 19, 6, p. 735-752 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Unpacking summary measures of ethnic residential segregation using an age group and age cohort perspective

    Sabater, A. & Catney, G., 01 Feb 2019, In : European Journal of Population. 35, 1, p. 161-189

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    Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

    Gemma Catney (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    Gemma Catney (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

    Gemma Catney (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Population, Space and Place (Journal)

    Gemma Catney (Editorial board member)
    Jan 2020Jan 2025

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    The Geographical Journal (Journal)

    Gemma Catney (Editorial board member)
    Jan 2017Jan 2025

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Urban Geography (Journal)

    Gemma Catney (Editorial board member)
    Apr 2016Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    ESRC Peer Review College (External organisation)

    Gemma Catney (Board Member)
    Apr 2015 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    External Examiner for Undergraduate Social Statistics Units, University of Manchester

    Gemma Catney (Examiner)
    01 Oct 201931 Dec 2023

    Activity: Examination typesUG external examination