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Our Research


The GIS Unit has a well established research track record in pure and applied geoscience research. 

Notable progress has been made in the following areas:

  • accessibility modelling
  • landscape visualisation
  • spatial data generalisation
  • population estimation modelling
  • automated cartographic design
  • GIS-based optimisation techniques
  • ethical surveillance
  • digital surface modelling
  • remote sensing

Current and recent research

  • Wales Institute of Social and Economic Data and Methods (WISERD), Phase 1 funded by HEFCW and ESRC (HEFCW Reconfiguration and Collaboration Fund; £3.4 million; ESRC Methods Programme; £1.46 million), 2009-2011. (Grant Reference: RES-576-25-0021) 2009-2011
  • Data usability. 3 year PhD project (£59,000) – funded by Ordnance Survey 2013-2016
  • Wales Institute of Social and Economic Data and Methods (WISERD) Civil Society, Phase II, funded by ESRC Large Centres Grant; £7 million; USW contribution:  £248,792 (Grant Reference: ES/L009099/1) 2014-2019
  • A customised GIS system for investigating inequalities in access to sporting facilities in Wales, funded by Sport Wales Illuminate Programme £2500, 2015
  • Developing open source tools and support materials to measure geographical accessibility to screening and cancer support services, Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS II) PhD studentship (in association with Tenovus Cancer Care) 2016-2019
  • Ethical surveillance – Smart technology for dementia support in the community, Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS II) PhD studentship (in association with SymlConnect 2016-2019
  • Accessibility models to provide a better understanding of the current availability of childcare services, funded by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) for the Welsh Government, £5000, 2017-2018
  • Enhancing our understanding of access to sporting facilities in Wales through geospatial analyses, Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS II) PhD studentship (in association with Sport Wales) 2018-2019
  • Sports Facilities Assessment, funded by Welsh Government, £5000, 2018