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Workshop events - 'Is Britain Pulling Apart?'

We ran two workshop events during the course of the project:

(1) Is Britain Pulling Apart? Research seminar and workshop

Royal Statistical Society, London
13 May 2013 [Workshop flyer]

A detailed blogpost describing the event can be found at The slides from most of the sessions can be dowloaded below:

Daily life in Britain has changed in many important ways in recent decades. As examples, we see increased levels of educational participation; changes in timing of marriage, family formation and retirement; and developments in long-distance communication.

Such changes could influence social connection patterns. Social connections provide important economic, social and psychological support and help shape attitudes, values and expectations. Many believe recent social changes make social connections more selective, and in turn bring increased separation or segregation between social groups – potentially leading to a Britain that is ‘pulling apart’.

This workshop features talks and discussion on themes of: Highlights include an invited presentation from Professor Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield, and presentations on methodology and sociological analysis from members of the project 'Is Britain Pulling Apart'

Opportunities for networking are built into the programme. Delegates are expected from academia, the voluntary sector, the media, local government, and national governmental departments.

Participation is free and lunch is provided, but booking is essential as places are limited. A small number of travel bursaries are also available. The event takes place at the offices of the Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX (directions at:

1000-1030Registration: Tea and coffee provided
1030-1100 Social relations, social connections and social distance ( Paul Lambert, Univ. Stirling)
1100-1130 Social relations in the past ( Richard Zjideman, Utrecht Univ. & International Institute of Social History)
1130-1230Social relations in Britain in 2025 (Danny Dorling, Univ. Sheffield)
1230-1320Lunch (provided)
1320-1340 Modelling variations in social connections ( Mark Tranmer, Univ. Manchester)
1340-1400 Network analysis of social distance (Dave Griffiths, Univ. Stirling)
1400-1445PechaKucha presentations on social connections and social relations
Re-evaluating Historical Poverty Trends in the United States (Liana Fox, SOFI, Stockholm Univ.)
Do you speak your grandma's language: intergenerational communication and attainment of immigrant children in Western countries of immigration (Marina Shapira, Univ. Stirling)
Potential for using Understanding Society for studying social connections (Raj Patel, Univ. Essex)
The social space of gentrification: An exploratory analysis of neighbourhood belonging and social distance with Multiple Correspondence Analysis (Ebru Soytemel, Univ. Oxford)
Neighbourhood social relations: How has ethnic group segregation changed in England and Wales, 2001-2011? (Gemma Catney, Univ. Liverpool)
Making the most of what we have: triangulating family composition in longitudinal studies (Pierre Walthery, Univ. Manchester)
1445-1515Tea and coffee break
1515-1600 Presentation and concluding discussion ( Vernon Gayle, Univ. Edinburgh)


Register for this workshop by sending an email to, confirming your name and organisational affiliation (if relevant). Registration closes on 30 April 2013, if not earlier if fully subscribed. Please inform us of any dietary or access requirements. We would appreciate it if delegates could list three interests (professional or recreational) when they register.


This event will be staged at the Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX. Further details can be found here.

Travel bursaries

We have a limited number of travel bursaries available for delegates. These are available for travel from within the UK only. The venue is in central London and therefore is easily reachable from all parts of the UK. If you would like to apply for a bursary please send a note to by 13 April 2013. Confirmation of whether we can provide a bursary will be provided by 20 April 2013. We envision bursaries being spent on return travel on the day. Overnight stays in London can be accommodated where this is unavoidable, subject to available funding.


PechaKucha presentations last for 6 minutes and 40 seconds, consisting of 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each. We intend to include PechaKucha presentations from up to six researchers discussing their work in studying social connections and social distance. If you would like to present your work in this way, please send a brief (no more than one page) description of your project to by 13 April 2013. We will notify applicants of whether they are included on the programme by 20 April 2013. PechaKucha presenters will be given priority in requests for travel bursaries.

All aspects of social relations, social connections and social distance will be considered. As the audience will consist of both academic and non-academics we ask that all talks take this into account. We are, therefore, interested in talks which have potential to engage with debates outside of academia. The PechaKucha event will, hopefully, be a good opportunity for researchers to make their work known to a wider audience.

13 April 2013Deadline for travel bursary and PechaKucha applications
20 April 2013Communication of results of bursary and PechaKucka applications
30 April 2013Deadline for registration

This workshop is part of the project 'Is Britain Pulling Apart? Analysis of Generational Change in Social Distance'. It is funded by the ESRC through their Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Phase One.

(2) Social Stratification Research Seminar symposium: Social distance and social stratification

University of Cambridge, 11-13 September 2013

The project sponsored the Autumn 2013 version of the annual Social Stratification Research Seminar, which included a paper symposium featuring four presentations of work form the project. The conference theme was 'social distance and social stratification' and 12 other papers from international authors were given at this meeting. The conference itself and the papers presented at the meeting are described in our blogpost on the seminar.

The four papers from the 'Is Britain Pulling Apart?' project that were presented at this meeting were:

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