Methods for Spatial Sampling of Urban Neighbourhoods by Socio-Economic Status in Indian Cities


This brief note lays out an approach to neighbourhood selection and houselisting. While it is presented as a generalized step-by-step framework that can be used in any city where socio-economic classification of neighbourhoods is needed, it is tailored for cities where household level public data is not easily accessible or where such information excludes sections of the city considered informal/unplanned/peri-urban or irregular. Given this, the approach reflects an emphasis on the need to develop methods for data scarce urban contexts, or those whose urbanization is marked by tensions with formal logics of planning, property and labour.