Analysis of Spatial Inequalities in Tabriz Metropolis through Analysis Hierarchy Process (AHP)

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Assistant Professor, Islamic Azad University of Damavand Branch, Tehran, Iran

2 Ph.D. Department of Geography and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

3 MSc. Department of of Economic Development and Planning, Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran


In today’s world, spatial duality, growth of poverty-stricken urban districts and urbanization of poverty are considered as key destabilizers of sustainable urban development. As a result, recognition and discernment of such urban districts is a critical step for de-escalating poverty and inequality. The research methodology of the present study is descriptive-analytical. In the present study, spatial inequalities of districts of Tabriz metropolis is analyzed through utilization of analysis hierarchy process (AHP) and three main criteria of economy, urban physicality and population, which include 11 sub-criteria. According to the level of urban development, Tabriz metropolis is divided into five zones which are developed, relatively developed, medium developed, less developed and undeveloped. The findings of the study indicate the fact that there is a steep physical and class gap between undeveloped, less developed and other zones of the metropolis. Furthermore, quality and quantity of social, economic and physical criteria of undeveloped and less developed zones are lower than other zones. The present study believes that continuance of the present circumstances will exacerbate inequality and urban poverty and endanger sustainable urban development.


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