This paper provides an introductory overview of a joint Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and CPRC Working Paper Series on ‘Spatial Poverty Traps – What Are They and What Can Be Done About Them?’ This series seeks to progress thinking and debate on the spatial dimensions of development, with a specific focus on poverty. Following an introduction, this paper defines, and provides evidence of, spatial poverty traps (Section 2). Section 3 argues the policy relevance of spatial poverty traps, and Section 4 offers an overview of the papers in this series. Section 5 draws the series together by identifying a number of critical themes, as well as suggesting avenues for future research and analysis.
Bird, K.; Higgins, K.; Harris, H. Spatial poverty traps: an overview. CPRC Working Paper 161. Chronic Poverty Research Centre, London, UK (2010) 18 pp. ISBN 978 1 907288 11 1