Seminar Series: Comparing work precarious migrants and voluntary sector organisations in London and Hong Kong

Lucy Jordan

Presented by Dr Lucy Jordan, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work and Administration, University of Hong Kong

Chaired by Dr Natasha Cortis, Research Fellow, SPRC

Dr Jordan will discuss her paper 'Spatial overlaps and mismatches: Work precarious migrants and voluntary sector geographies in London and Hong Kong'.

"Global cities are marked by precarity, yet little attention has been paid to the spatial overlap between work precarity among migrants and voluntary sector organisations that sustain them. In this paper, we attempt to estimate the location of precarious work migrants in both London and Hong Kong for both the 2001 and 2011 censuses, using a variety of spatial demographic and quantitative techniques, and then analyse the spatial overlap between this population and immigrant-serving voluntary sector organisations. The results suggested both similarity and difference between the two global cities, but that the degree of overlap was increasingly tenuous in London by 2011".

Dr Jordan is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, and Visiting Scholar at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne. Dr Jordan works at the intersection of social policy and population studies, with her professional and research experience emphasising market-state-civil society strategies to address social protection needs of poor and working-poor families, including access to education, employment security, family support and provision of services to vulnerable populations in emerging economies. Dr Jordan's current research focuses on migration and the family in emerging economies of Asia and youth livelihood transitions in South Africa. She also holds an appointment as Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA), University of Johannesburg.

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