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Lunch Pitch with Eric Libby and Guilherme Chihaya

To encourage cross pollination of ideas between researchers from different disciplines, IceLab hosts interdisciplinary research lunches with the vision of allowing ideas to meet and mate. During the Lunch Pitch Season, the creative lunches take place at KBC every other Tuesday.

Place: KBCon Lilla Fokusrum  (KBC Focus Environment’s glass room), KBC
Time: Tuesday 27 November at 12:00.

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First Pitcher:

Guilherme Chihaya

Researcher at Department of Geography and Economic History

Title: Does where you go for coffee matter when you look for an apartment?

I’m a researcher at the department of Geography and Economic history. My main research projects deal with how segregated social ties lead to segregated residential mobility, and how experiences of residing in segregated areas are structured over one’s life course. My most recent research interest is about how socially structured search heuristics lead to differentiated residential choices by immigrants and natives, leading to residential segregation.


Research has shown that people are more likely to move to places close to their workplaces and to where their relatives live. Part of it comes from an actual desire for a shorter commute and easy access to one’s family, but there is reason to believe that this utilitarian effect is not the only factor. One theory that has gained traction is named socio-structural sorting, according to which people’s experiences of the city shape their mental maps of which neighbourhoods are to be considered when looking for a place to live. In this way, you are more likely to move closer to your job also because you are more likely to have experienced nearby neighbourhoods and identified them as liveable. I want to propose a method based on computer-assisted discrete-choice experiments to capture people’s usage of the urban space and the resulting mental maps of the city, relating them to their residential choices in a randomised vignette experiment. I hope to get some ideas of how to implement it in terms of programming and distribution.

Second Pitcher:

Eric Libby

Eric Libby

Associate Professor, Integrated Science Lab, Department of Mathematics, Umeå University

Title: Consequences of Organismal Geometry

Read about Eric here.

More information coming soon.

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