Rory Coulter

About Rory Coulter

Rory Coulter is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of St Andrews in 2013. Rory currently holds an ESRC Future Research Leaders award for a project examining the role of families in young adults’ transitions into homeownership. He is also involved in studies of residential mobility preferences and neighbourhood change.

Re-thinking Residential Mobility

In his 1955 classic, Why Families Move, Peter Rossi showed that changes in household structure- such as the birth of a child- often alter people’s housing and neighbourhood preferences and motivate moving to a more suitable dwelling. Much of this residential mobility takes place over surprisingly short distances, with less than one third of British movers relocating more than 10km (Bailey and Livingston 2007).

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