About The Geographical Information Systems Research Centre

The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Research Centre has been established for over 25 years, and its research activity and outputs has given it an international reputation.

Our members have an extensive knowledge of the use of GIS in applied studies in addition to a wide expertise in teaching with and researching open source and proprietary GIS packages. Staff within the Centre have published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals.

Research expertise

Notable progress has been made in areas such as:

  • accessibility modelling
  • landscape visualisation
  • spatial data generalisation
  • population estimation modelling
  • GIS-based optimisation techniques

A key collaborative focus has been the ESRC/HEFCW-funded Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods, established to promote cross-institutional and multi-disciplinary research in the social sciences across the UK and internationally.

WISERD has successfully attracted research projects whose funding totals some £4.15 million.

These research projects have generated significant new data on and analysis of Welsh economy and society and have contributed substantially to wider theoretical debates and methodological development.

The first Open Source Geospatial lab in Wales

In November 2013 the unit joined ICA-OSGeo Lab Network. In doing so, it became the first Open Source Geospatial lab in Wales.