Gemma Catney


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Research Interests

Dr Gemma Catney is a Population 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 Insitute 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 2007 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Spatial Analysis
Health Status
health status

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
age group
ethnic group
life cycle
Mental Mapping
working class
5 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
ethnic group
ethnic minority
suburban area

The instability of highly racially diverse residential neighborhoods in the United States

Wright, R., Ellis, M., Holloway, S. R. & Catney, G., 21 Dec 2018, In : Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
agglomeration area