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Call for Papers – Journal of Spatial Information Science Special Edition

Click here for FULL DETAILS. The term “Open Data” refers to the philosophical and methodological approach to the democratization of data enabling citizens to access and create value through the reuse of public sector information. Today, Open Data is gathering momentum and forms part of a global movement linked to Open Access and comparable to […]

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Call for papers – 6th International Conference on Population Geographies

14- 17 June 2011, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden Deadline for abstract submission 20th of February 2011 We are happy to invite you to the Sixth International Conference on Population Geographies, to be held at the University Campus in Umeå, Sweden June 14th to 17th. Although designed for geographers, contributions are welcome from those who would not […]

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Call for papers – JoSIS journal special issue Open Geographic Information

Journal of Spatial Information Science (JoSIS) CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Feature on Open Geographic Information Guest editors:  Dr. Hanif Rahemtulla, Horizon Digital Economy Research, Nottingham University and Professor Paul Longley, Department of Geography, University College London. Call for papers This special feature aims to bring together some of the key developers, academics and writers on […]

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Prof. Douglas Massey Symposium at UCL Global Migration Network

UCL GLOBAL MIGRATION NETWORK SYMPOSIUM Prof. Douglas Massey (Princeton University) Post-Modern Segregation in the United States: Patterns, Causes, and Consequences in the 21st Century Discussant: Prof. Ceri Peach (University of Oxford / University of Manchester) 13 January 2011 – 17:30-19:00 (followed by reception) Venue: Darwin Lecture Theatre,  UCL Darwin Building,  Malet Place,  London, WC1E 7JG [Map] Book […]

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Representing Populations: a Spatial Ecology

A subtitle to this post might also be: Are we all being mislead by the New York Times? In stating this I am referring to the recent maps released by the New York Times looking at ethnic distributions from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The most immediate thing we can learn about this […]

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Call for Papers – Early Careers Research in Quantitative Geography and Geographic Information Science, RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011

Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers conference 2011. The conference runs between 31st August – 2nd September 2011; the exact date of this special session is to be confirmed. The session is jointly hosted by the GIScRG and Quantitative Methods Research […]

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Call for Papers – Open Geographic Information, RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011

Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers conference 2011. The conference runs between 31st August – 2nd September 2011; the exact date of this special session is to be confirmed. The session is hosted by the GIScRG, and will be chaired by […]

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Call for Papers – Healthy Living Environments and Behaviour, RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011

Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers conference 2011. The conference runs between 31st August – 2nd September 2011; the exact date of this special session is to be confirmed. The session is jointly hosted by the GIScRG and the Geography of […]

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Call for Papers – The Landscape of Tourism, RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011

Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers conference 2011. The conference runs between 31st August – 2nd September 2011; the exact date of this special session is to be confirmed. The session is jointly hosted by the GIScRG and the Geography of […]

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Some Thoughts on the US Critical Facilities List

Naturally, as a Geographer the wikileaks release of facilities that the US believes critical to its security was interesting. Much like the chaps over at Floatingsheep some of us (Martin Austwick, James Cheshire, Peter Baudains, Alex Braithwaite) took it upon ourselves to map out the reported list. Martin came up with the following visualisation that […]

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Workshop: geo-referencing, geo-demographics, postcodes and classifications

Workshop on geo-referencing, geo-demographics, postcodes and classifications University of Cardiff,  18 February 2011 Census.ac.uk are hosting a free workshop at the University of Cardiff for anyone working or studying in UK academia. This workshop will introduce participants to the use of postcodes and other area classifications, including the commercially-used Mosaic data and the ONS Output […]

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New Clickable OAC Map

Researcher Oliver O’Brien at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) has just published a new version of the national OAC Map to Maptube. This is now enhanced with Group labels, along with clickable details on each Ouptut Area. Many thanks Ollie! Map is available here.

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2010 Family Spending report: Household Expenditure by OAC

The 2010 Family Spending report is available here and presents a series of interesting OAC profiles. “The supergroups with the highest expenditure are supergroups 2 (city living) and 4 (prospering suburbs), spending an average of £457.90 and £454.10 per week, respectively, followed by supergroup 3 (countryside), with expenditure of £433.70. Supergroup 5 (constrained by circumstances) […]

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Finnish Municipalities: A case for zone design?

In Finland, municipalities are incredibly powerful; like local authorities in the UK, municipalities are responsible for local administration, but they also levy an income tax and are responsible for providing most public services. Municipalities were founded on the assumption of equality, which forms the basis for the reform considerations currently ongoing in the Finnish government. […]

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Call for Papers – 17th European Colloquium on Quantitative and Theoretical Geography (ECQTG2011)

Click here for FULL DETAILS. The organising committee for the European Colloquium of Quantitative and Theoretical Geography (ECQTG2011) would like to invite submissions of abstracts for their 17th conference, to take place at the Harokopio University of Athens, Greece, from the 2nd – 5th September 2011. The conference is formally organised by the Greek Society for […]

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Geodemographics and spatial interaction: an integrated model for higher education

Spatial interaction modelling and geodemographic analysis have each developed as quite separate research traditions. In this paper, we present an integrated model that harnesses the power of spatial interaction modelling to behavioural insights derived from a geodemographic classification. This approach is applied to the modelling of participation in higher education (HE). A novel feature of […]

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Geodemographics and spatial interaction: an integrated model for higher education

Spatial interaction modelling and geodemographic analysis have each developed as quite separate research traditions. In this paper, we present an integrated model that harnesses the power of spatial interaction modelling to behavioural insights derived from a geodemographic classification. This approach is applied to the modelling of participation in higher education (HE). A novel feature of the paper is the integration of national schools, colleges and HE data; a national model is then calibrated and tested against actual recorded flows of students into HE. The model is implemented within a Java framework and is presented as a first step towards providing a quantitative tool that can be used by HE stakeholders to explore policies relating to such topics as widening access to under-represented groups.

Singleton, A.D., Alan G Wilson, and Oliver O’Brien. 2012. “Geodemographics and Spatial Interaction: An Integrated Model for Higher Education.” Journal of Geographical Systems 14 (2): 223–241. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10109-010-0141-5.

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Call for Papers – RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011

Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers annual conference 2011. The conference theme is the ‘Geographical Imagination’, and will take place from 31st August – 2nd September, in London. Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops. […]

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The geodemographics of educational progression and their implications for widening participation in higher education

This paper addresses our ability to analyse progression rates into UK Higher Education (HE) using a range of data available at the individual and neighbourhood levels. The then Department for Children, Schools and Families has recently released data which make it possible to profile national patterns of student educational progression from post-compulsory schooling through to […]

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The geodemographics of educational progression and their implications for widening participation in higher education

This paper addresses our ability to analyse progression rates into UK Higher Education (HE) using a range of data available at the individual and neighbourhood levels. The then Department for Children, Schools and Families has recently released data which make it possible to profile national patterns of student educational progression from post-compulsory schooling through to university. However, the linked records lack detailed socioeconomic information, and thus a geodemographic classification is used to analyse the flows of students from different sociospatial backgrounds into the HE system. Rates of progression are shown to vary greatly between these groups, and a disaggregation of HE participants by courses of study demonstrates that the abilities of institutions to attract students from different backgrounds will be constrained by the mix of their course offerings.

Singleton A D, 2010, “The geodemographics of educational progression and their implications for widening participation in higher educationEnvironment and Planning A 42(11) 2560 – 2580

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