Socio-economic Inequality and Geographic Spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic in England


This paper looks at the geographical patterns of COVID-19 cases observed over the course of the pandemic in England in 2020. It reveals a strong relationship between COVID-19 cases and embedded forms of inequality in small geographical areas. These areas have been left exposed to the impact of COVID-19 by virtue of the type of low paid and unskilled works available, alongside low investment in public services and public spending cuts. Deprivation appears to be a key driver of the emerging spatial patterns.

UK2070 Commission, Working Papers Series
Francisco Rowe
Francisco Rowe
Professor of Population Data Science

My research interests include human mobility and migration; economic geography and spatial inequality; geographic data science.