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Empirical Agent-Based Modelling for exploring Intergroup Contact in a Segregated Society

Huck, Jonny; Whyatt, Duncan; Dixon, John; Davies, Gemma; Sturgeon, Brendan; Hocking, Bree; Jarman, Neil; Bryan, Dominic

Agent-based modelling has a long history of application in the study of segregation, but is rarely deployed beyond the examination of residential segregation. This study leverages multiple datasets: including census, survey, PGIS and GPS traces; in order to create an empirical agent-based model for the exploration of mobility practices between segregated communities in Belfast (Northern Ireland). In doing so, we are able to conduct novel examinations into the impact of day-to-day mobility choices upon intergroup attitudes and activity-space segregation; with policy implications for understanding and combatting segregation in cities around the world.

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