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Socioeconomic Dimensions of Spatiotemporal Mobility

CEU Monument Building
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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ABSTRACT / Cities have become the economic bedrock of modern nations. The interaction between economic dynamism and social development epitomizes enormous social challenges. The city’s socioeconomic fabric, and the surge of social and economic inequalities are all concerns of modern urbanized populations. Moreover, global mobility patterns of people are usually seen as the `heartbeat’ of a city. At individual level, mobility is dictated by one’s meaningful places like home and work locations, or frequently visited places. An individual’s socioeconomic status which together with homophily stratifies society and leads to urban segregation as observed in mobility pattern. We raise questions: to what extent embedded socioeconomic features can be inferred from individual trajectories? how do socioeconomic features influence the mobility mixing of populations at temporally enhanced locations? Overall, in this PhD project we would like to focus on the question of segregation in mobility via the analysis of spatiotemporal trajectories of people living in urban environments. The first part of this research aims to assess and quantify socioeconomic disparities in urban mobility patterns using Foursquare data collected in 415 cities in 77 countries with 33,278,683 check-ins by 266,909 users. Early results from New York and an overview of US cities are presented.