The School of Geography and the Environment was saddened to learn that former colleague and Head of School Professor Ceri Peach passed away on 2 October 2018 after a period of illness.

    Emeritus Professor of Social Geography
  • Professor of Social Geography, Institute for Social Change, Manchester University.

Academic Profile

Professor Ceri Peach was Professor of Social Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford from 1992 to 2007, and Emeritus Professor of Social Geography and Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's College Oxford. On retirement from Oxford he was appointed Professor at the Institute for Social Change at Manchester University. He held Visiting Fellowships at the Australian National University, Berkeley, Yale, University of British Columbia, Harvard and Princeton. He was nominated Ethnic Geography Distinguished Scholar of 2008 by the Association of American Geographers at the April meeting in Boston of the AAG. His award paper, presented at the meeting was entitled 'Contrasts in US and British Segregation Patterns'. The Rapporteurs were David Ley Professor of geography at UBC and Robert Putnam, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.


Professor Peach worked on migration and ethnic and religious segregation in cities. His work included critical appraisal of claims of ghettoisation in British cities and comparative work on US and UK segregation patterns as part of a Manchester / Harvard University joint research programme. Ceri was part of the team headed by Miles Hewstone, Professor of Social Pyschology at Oxford, Anthony Heath, Professor of Sociology at Oxford, Sarah Spencer, Director of the ESRC COMPAS research programme at Oxford and Steven Vertovec, Director of the Max Planck Institute at Göttingen, all working on the issue of ethnic diversity and social cohesion. The group was awarded a competitive research grant of £1 million by the Leverhulme Trust in July 2008 to pursue this work.

Professor Peach completed an ESRC funded project on ethno-religio-linguistic sub-communities in Britain. It linked his database on Muslim, Hindu and Sikh places of worship in England and Wales, completed as a millennium project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust with the 2001 Census data on ethnicity and religion. The Leverhulme survey photographed and collected data on religion, tradition, movements, vernacular language date of foundation and many other variable on nearly 1,000 buildings. Co-researchers on the project were Dr Richard Gale (now at the Cardiff University) Dr Simon Naylor (now at Bristol University) and Dr James Ryan (now at Exeter University). Professor Peach was a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.


Selected Publications

Publications since 1996
  • Peach, C. (2010) 'Ghetto-Lite' or missing the G-Spot? A reply to Johnston, Poulsen and Forrest. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(9): 1519-1526.
  • Peach, C. (2010) London and New York: Contrasts in British and American models of segregation. Ch.11, in Paddison, R. & Ostendorf, W. (eds.) Urban Studies: Society, Vol. 1: Cities as Social Spaces. Sage Publications: London; Thousand Oaks, pp. 251-288.
  • Peach, C. (2009) Slippery Segregation: Discovering or manufacturing ghettos? Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35(9): 1381-1395.
  • Simpson, L. and Peach, C. (2009) Editorial Introduction. Special Issue: Measuring Population Dynamics, Segregation, Diversity and Integration, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35(9): 1237-1380.
  • Peach, C. (2007) Ethnic and Religious Segregation in London: Ghettos or Enclaves? Blaue Reihe Nr 96 Globale Migration am Beginn des 21 Jahrhunderts: Eine Welt ohne Grenzen? 61-76, Dokumentation der internationalen Fachtagung der Deutsche Gesselshaft für die Veinten Nationenen vom 30/31 Mai 2006 in Berlin.
  • Peach, C. (2006) Muslims in the 2001 Census of England and Wales: Gender and economic disadvantage. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29(4): 629-655.
  • Peach, C. (2006) Islam, ethnicity and South Asian Religions in the London 2001 census. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, NS 31(3): 353-370.
  • Peach, C. (2006) South Asian Migration and Settlement in Great Britain 1951-2001. Contemporary South Asia, 15(2): 133-146.
  • Peach, C. (2005) The Ghetto and the Ethnic Enclave. Chapter 2 in, Varady, D.P. (ed.) Desegregating the City: Ghettos, enclaves and inequalities. Albany, State University of New York Press. pp. 31-48.
  • Peach, C. (2005) Britain's Muslim Population: An Overview. Chapter 2 in, Abbas, T. (ed.) Muslim Britain: Communities under Pressure. London, Zed Books. pp. 18-30.
  • Peach, C. (2005) Social Integration and Social Mobility: Spatial segregation and intermarriage of the Caribbean population in Britain. Chapter 6 in, Loury, G.C., Modood, T. and S.M. Teles (eds.) Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and UK. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. pp. 178-203.
  • Peach, C. (2005) The United Kingdom: A major transformation of the religious landscape. Chapter 3 in, Knippenberg, H. (ed.) The Changing Religious Landscape of Europe. Amsterdam, Het Spinhuis. pp. 44-58.
  • Peach, C. and R. Gale (2005) Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs in the New Religious Landscape of England. The Geographical Review, 93(4): 469-490.
  • Peach, C. (2004) Caribbeans in the United Kingdom. In, Ember, M., Ember, C.R. and I. Skoggard (eds.) Encyclopedia of Diasporas. New York, Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers. pp. 624-633.
  • Peach, C. (2003) Contrasts in Economic Growth and Immigration Policy in Japan, EU and USA. Chapter 2 in, Goodman, R., Peach, C., Takenaka, A. and P. White (eds.) Global Japan. London, Curzon-Routledge Press. pp. 3-37.
  • Peach, C. (2003) Geographers and the Fragmented City. Invited chapter in, Johnston, R.J. and M. Williams (eds.) A Century of British Geography, London, The British Academy.
  • Peach, C. (2002) Social geography, new religions and ethnoburbs: contrasts with cultural geography. Progress in Human Geography, 26(2): 252-260.
  • Peach, C. (2002) Empire, the Economy and Immigration. Chapter 8 in Slack, P. and Ward, R. (eds.) The Peopling of Britain: the shaping of a human landscape (Linacre Lectures 1999), Oxford, Oxford University Press. pp. 255-280.
  • Peach, C. (2000) Discovering white ethnicity and parachuted plurality. Progress in Human Geography, 24(4): 620-626.
  • Peach, C. with A. Rogers, J. Chance and P. Daley. (2000) Immigration and Ethnicity. Chapter 4, in Halsey, A.H. and Webb, J. (eds.) British Social Trends: 1900-2000. Basingstoke, Macmillan. pp. 128-178.
  • Peach, C. (2000) The consequences of segregation. Chapt. 2, in Boal, F.W. (ed.) Ethnicity and Housing: Accommodating Difference, Aldershot, Ashgate. pp. 10-23.
  • Peach, C. (1999) Social Geography. Progress in Human Geography, 23(2): 282-288.
  • Peach, C. (1999) London and New York: Contrasts in British and American models of segregation (with comment by Nathan Glazer). International Journal of Population Geography, 5: 319-351.
  • Peach, C. (1999) Les Groupes ethniques au rencensement britanique de 1991. Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, 15(1): 13-37.
  • Peach, C. (1998) Loïc Wacquant's "Three pernicious premises in the study of the American Ghetto". International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies, 23(3): 507-510.
  • Peach, C. (1998) South Asian and Caribbean Ethnic Minority Housing Choice in Britain. Urban Studies, 35(10): 1657-1680.
  • Peach, C. (1998) Trends in the levels of Caribbean segregation, Great Britain 1961-1991. Chapter 13 in, Chamberlain, M. (ed.) Caribbean Migration: Globalised Identities. Routledge, London. pp. 203-216.
  • Peach, C. (1997) Pluralist and Assimilationist models of ethnic settlement in London 1991. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 88(2): 130-134.
  • Peach, C. (1997) Post-war migration to Europe: Reflux, Influx, Refuge. Social Science Quarterly.
  • Peach, C. (Editor and contributor) (1996) The ethnic minority populations of Great Britain (Vol 2), Ethnicity in the the 1991 Census. ONS, HSMO, London, 246 pages.
  • Peach, C. and Rossiter, D. (1996) Level and nature of spatial concentration and segregation of minority ethnic population in Great Britain, 1991. In, Ratcliffe, P. (ed.) Social Geography and Ethnicity in Britain: Geographical spread, spatial concentration and internal migration, Vol. 3 of Ethnicity in the 1991 Census, Office for National Statistics, London, HMSO. pp. 111-134.
  • Peach, C. (1996) Does Britain have ghettos? Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 22(1): 216-235.
  • Peach, C. (1996) Good segregation, bad segregation. Planning Perspectives, 11: 1-20.
  • Peach, C. (1996) The meaning of segregation. Planning Practice and Research, 11(2): 137-150.
  • Peach, C. (1996) Ethnic group data collection. Chapter 8 in, Dale, A. (ed.) Looking towards the 2001 Census, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Occasional Paper, No 46. pp. 39-44.