The Accessibility Modelling and Spatial Inequalities team has engaged widely with academics from other institutions in addition to partners drawn from local and national government agencies and third sector organisations.
As part of its work examining geographical variation in a range of public and private services, the team has worked with organisations including Sport Wales, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, the Welsh Government’s Knowledge and Analytical Services and the Department for Economy, Skills and Natural Resources divisions, and Tenovus Cancer Care. There is also an on-going collaboration with researchers based at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia in areas such as the use of GIS in crime mapping and emergency planning.
The GIS Research Group has worked with Tenovus Cancer Care to improve their mobile cancer services by developing tools and detailed GIS models to examine spatial inequalities in access to services and optimise the location and delivery of mobile health services.
This work will enable Tenovus to treat patients closer to home, extend the reach of services, and help reduce the stress, anxiety and fatigue to the patient.
The team, comprising Professor Gary Higgs, Dr Mitch Langford and ESF-funded KESS PhD research student Richard Williams together with research partners Tenovus Cancer Care, were winners of the Best Future Impact category at USW Impact Awards 2019.
"The availability of this open source research will encourage other organisations charged with delivering vital services to the public to use this research in their own areas leading to wider societal benefits," said Professor Gary Higgs.
We have provided policy-makers at Sport Wales and Welsh Government with innovative user-friendly advanced spatial analytical tools to monitor the availability of public services in relation to current and future trends in social conditions and to examine the impacts of further trends in service provision.