Lost in Translation?: Connecting the conceptual and methodological to locate the “Left Behind”

Tuesday 24 January 2023
15:00 - 16:30 (GMT)
Online (via Zoom) / Room 253 - Gilbert Scott Conference Suite, Main Building, University of Glasgow

Prof. Rachel Franklin from Newcastle University will present at this UBDC research seminar.

‘Left behind places’ have received increasing attention in the Global North, acknowledging growing regional inequalities between and within countries. However, the trajectories followed by these places have mostly been investigated by assessing changes between two time-points. Addressing this, we combine k-means clustering and sequence analysis to study detailed regional trajectories between 1982 and 2017 for EU15 NUTS3 regions. The resulting typology of trajectories evidences how some regions have increasingly or more recently ‘fallen behind’, some have remained ‘left behind’, and still others have experienced overall positive decades, at least temporarily catching-up on wealthier regions. As such, our findings suggest different transitions in and out of ‘left-behindness’.


Rachel Franklin is Professor of Geographical Analysis in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University, the Head of Newcastle Data, and the University Lead for Newcastle at the Alan Turing Institute, where she is also a Fellow. Her primary research focus is in spatial demography and the interplay between spatial analytics and demographic change, in particular quantifying patterns, sources and impacts of spatial inequality. Prior to Newcastle, she was at Brown University in the U.S. for eight years, where she was Associate Director of Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) initiative. She currently holds visiting appointments in Population Studies at Brown and in Social Sciences at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in Italy. She is also current editor in chief of the journal, Geographical Analysis. 


Please note: This is a hybrid seminar. Both in-person and online registration can be made through Eventbrite below.