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Bradford Hill Seminar – Neighbourhood Disadvantage, Everyday Urban Mobility, and Well-Being

16 February 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

All are invited to the online Bradford Hill Seminar:

Neighbourhood Disadvantage, Everyday Urban Mobility, and Well-Being

Professor Robert J Sampson

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University

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This presentation will review a series of findings and work in progress stemming from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighbourhoods (PHDCN) and Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighbourhood Effect. I will focus primarily on the idea that a neighbourhood’s well-being depends not only on its own conditions, as typically conceived, but also the conditions of the neighbourhoods to which its residents are connected, through networks of everyday urban mobility. Results and implications of mobility-based “triple disadvantage” for violence, health, and racial inequality will be discussed, including in a comparative urban framework. Time permitting, I will also briefly describe research linking individual, neighbourhood, and macrosocial change based on the multi-cohort longitudinal design of the PHDCN. Research on cohort variations in individual trajectories of exposure to neighbourhood disadvantage and criminalization will be discussed.

About Professor Sampson

Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, an Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, and founding director of the Boston Area Research Initiative. He was Scientific Director for the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN). His research and teaching cover a variety of topic areas including crime, disorder, the life course, neighbourhood effects, civic engagement, inequalities, “ecometrics,” and the social structure of the city.

Professor Sampson is the author of three award-winning books and numerous articles. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He has also served as President of the American Society of Criminology.

About the Bradford Hill seminars

The Bradford Hill seminar series is the principal series of The Cambridge Population Health Sciences Partnership. This comprises the Departments of Public Health & Primary Care, MRC Biostatistics Unit and MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, bringing together a multi-disciplinary partnership of academics and public health professionals. The Bradford Hill seminar programme of internationally recognised speakers covers topics of broad interest to our public health research community. It aims to transcend as well as connect the activities of our individual partners.

All are welcome at our Bradford Hill seminars.


16 February 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm




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