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School of Geography

Centre for Spatial Analysis & Policy

Leeds has a long tradition of providing cutting-edge analysis techniques and policy predictions based on the latest science and information. The Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP) builds on that tradition by developing innovative ways of looking at the world to understand business, society and the environment at different spatial scales and by providing applied or policy-related analyses of geographical behaviour.

Our research interests

We have wide-ranging research interests in quantitative geography. Our particular research interests include population dynamics, migration, geodemographics, retailing, education and health. We have specific expertise in analysis and modelling methods including microsimulation, agent-based modelling, spatial interaction models, AI techniques, demographic estimation and projection, and applications of GIS. CSAP strives to develop innovative ways of looking at the world to understand business, society and the environment at different spatial scales by providing applied or policy-related analyses of geographical behaviour. Key questions for future societies include:

  • What are the implications of population ageing?
  • What will future cities look like in a post-carbon energy era?
  • How can we provide future health services in a world where more people will suffer from poor morbidity in old age and as illnesses such as obesity, diabetes and cancers make their mark?
  • How can we reduce income inequalities, differences in educational attainment and crime?
  • How can we protect future supplies of basic services such as water, energy, health etc.?
  • How can retailers plan effectively given future multi-channel distribution systems?

We have strong commercial and public-sector links

Whilst much of our research is UK Research Council funded, we also undertake research in partnership with a number of European, national, regional and local public sector institutions as well as private sector organisations. We also provide education and training appropriate for both academic and commercial worlds. We teach Masters programmes and Undergraduate modules based on our latest research, enabling students to acquire quantitative skills that are in demand in the real world as well as training for academic research careers. This includes an innovative and very successful distance learning course in GIS which includes many aspects of spatial analysis and modelling within a GIS environment.