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Advances in Spatial Analysis and e-Social Science

UCL Geography research presented at CASA conference includes uses of personal name data in ethnicity studies and modelling access to higher education

Advances in Spatial Analysis and e-Social Science

Among the highlights of a one-day conference on ‘Advances in Spatial Analysis and e-Social Science’, run by the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) on 13th April, were papers by Paul Longley and Pablo Mateos on Online exploration of cultural regions, migration and ethnicity using the geography of personal names, and by Alex Singleton and Oliver O’Brien on Spatial interaction models for higher education.

Paul and Pablo explained how, from global to very local scales, the GIS-based analysis of names offers more detailed insights than other data sources into the heterogeneity of populations. It is therefore of value to studies of spatial segregation, population mixing and migration in a variety of contexts, for example in tracing the past evolution of cultural regions and targeting public services in urban areas today.

In the second paper, Oliver O’Brien outlined how spatial interaction principles are being applied in association with geodemographic classifications to model higher education participation in England. A complex process of data selection has enabled a preliminary national model to be developed and tested against actual flows of students into HE, exposing potentially important social and geographical variability in access patterns.

Other speakers at the Conference included Professors Mike Batty and Alan Wilson (CASA), and a concluding Panel Discussion was led by Professor Carl Steinitz (Harvard Graduate School of Design), with contributions from Professors Keith Clarke and Michael Goodchild (University of California Santa Barbara), David Maguire (Birmingham City University) and David Rhind (former VC City University).

The conference was organized as a prelude to the three-day 18th annual GIS Research UK (GISRUK) Conference, hosted at UCL, which covered areas of core geographic information science research as well as a wide range of applications domains including crime and health, and technological developments in LBS and the geoweb.

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