Prof. Gwilym Pryce


Gwilym is Director of the ESRC/Nordforsk Life at the Frontier project, Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society, and Co-Director of the Understanding Inequalities Project. He is also Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at The University of Sheffield and an associate of the Sheffield Methods Institute.
Gwilym was born in Cardiff, the son of a steel worker and former miner, but moved to Goole in North Humberside at age 7 and then moved to Leeds to study at Leeds Beckett University. He then went on to study theology at Covenant College in the Midlands, before completing an MSc in Economics at the University of Warwick. After a short stint at Aberdeen University researching capital charges in the NHS, he moved to the University of Glasgow to take up an ESRC Research Fellowship in the Centre for Housing Research and Urban Studies in 1995. He progressed to Lecturer in 1996, Senior Lecturer in 2003 and to Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics in 2006.

Research interests

Gwilym’s current research interests are centred on issues of segregation and inequality and how they relate to immigration and social mobility. Current projects include:
  • Life at the Frontier — funded by the ESRC and Nordforsk, this three year project seeks to understand the role of  ‘social frontiers’ in determining the social mobility and integration of migrants and other groups.  Social frontiers arise when neighbouring communities are very different in terms of their cultural, ethnic and/or social make-up, and when the spatial transition in these characteristics is abrupt, rather than gradual. Recent research finds that social frontiers are associated with higher levels of anxiety, depression and crime.
  • Understanding Inequalities — this is a three-year project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC Grant Reference ES/P009301/1), which aims to explore the causes and consequences of inequalities in Scottish society and beyond. This innovative and ambitious programme of interdisciplinary research will provide robust evidence to inform and develop new policy solutions to tackle multiple forms of inequality. We will also contribute to the development of new data sources and methodological approaches for researching different types and aspects of inequality.
Recent publications include:
  •  Fingleton, B., Olner, D., & Pryce, G. (2019). Estimating the local employment impacts of immigration: A dynamic spatial panel model. Urban Studies. — academic article available here; non-technical blog available here.
  • Easton, S., & Pryce, G. (2019). Not so welcome here? Modelling the impact of ethnic in-movers on the length of stay of home-owners in micro-neighbourhoods. Urban Studies, 56(14), 2847–2862. — academic article available here; non-technical blog here.
  • Dean, N., Dong, G., Piekut, A., & Pryce, G. (2019). Frontiers in residential segregation: Understanding neighbourhood boundaries and their impacts. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie110(3), 271-288 — academic article available here; non-technical blog here.