Funded Fellow 2016
Generally speaking, Lee’s research interests are organized along three interlocking themes. Firstly, he is devoted to the study of flows of people at any geographic or temporal scale. This includes international migration, internal migration, intra-urban residential mobility, and everyday commuting. When adequately identified and measured, flows add rich complexity to social science research by tying together groups of people across places and times. As such, flows offer a unique window into the historical contingencies and possible trajectories of dynamic social processes. Secondly, he is committed to the study of inequality between groups of people. His work aims to identify the ways in which the flows of groups are both caused by and a cause of differences in socioeconomic status. In particular, he is interested in racial and ethnic residential segregation, spatial stratification by income, and the impacts of geography on health and access to goods and services. Thirdly, he is dedicated to the study of relationality. As people move through space, their relations to one another change. Moreover, groups of people can be defined by the moves they make (e.g. immigrants) or by the moves they arguably cannot make (e.g. inner-city poor). From a methodological and theoretical standpoint, it is vital to strive for an understanding of how parts in a system relate to a whole, and to acknowledge that the categories used to define groups are not fixed with respect to time or space.