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Measuring Neighbourhood Deprivation: A Critique of the Index of Multiple Deprivation

Iain Deas, Brian Robson, Cecilia Wong and Michael Bradford
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Iain Deas: School of Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, England
Brian Robson: School of Geography, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, England
Cecilia Wong: Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZQ, England
Michael Bradford: School of Geography, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, England

Environment and Planning C, 2003, vol. 21, issue 6, 883-903

Abstract: There is now a sustained interest in measuring geographical variation in social and economic circumstances in order to guide urban policy resource allocation decisions. The most recent attempt to measure local area deprivation in England has come through the government's Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). The authors aim to consider the degree to which the IMD provides a reliable mechanism for doing so and to suggest the ways in which its successors might best be refined. They argue that although the IMD, in many respects, represents a commendable advance in terms of the development of techniques to quantify deprivation, there remain significant limitations that future approaches could profitably address.

Date: 2003
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