His research interests are in GIS and quantitative human geography, particularly modelling socio-economic processes using techniques that are sensitive to spatial context. He has particular expertise in multi-level modelling, multivariate statistics, and visualization. He has worked on projects in a variety of social science areas such as health, population studies and electoral studies, all within a GIS and spatial modelling framework, and he has a special interest in housing and housing markets. He is currently working on aspects relating to meta-data and data integration in the social sciences and has a growing interest in Qualitative GIS. He has published his work in a variety of books and international academic journals. He has undertaken joint policy research with the Welsh Assembly Government on age-balanced communities in Wales and the role of the housing system in rural Wales, and research funded by the ESRC, HEFCW, the JRF and the Electoral Commission. He is very familiar with the principal socio-economic and environmental data sets for Wales and the UK.
He is currently on secondment to the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).
PhD., School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (1997).
BSc (Hons) Geography, Department of Geography, University of Lancaster (1993).
Senior Lecturer in GIS and Spatial Analysis, School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University (2009 - Present).
Lecturer in GIS and Spatial Analysis, School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University (2000 - 2008).
Computer Officer, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (1996 - 2000).
PhD. Student, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (1994 - 1997).
ESRC Funded Research Assistant : Geography of Local Revenue Raising, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (1993 - 1994).
Memberships / External Activities
Scott Orford is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).
GIS for Planners
GIS and Research Skills
GIS and Spatial Analysis
Practising Geographical Research
Collection and Analysis of Quantitative Data
ArcGIS / ArcView / SPSS / MLWin
Supporting undergraduate teaching in quantitative geography: making the connections between schools, universities and the workplace (with Dr Richard Harris, Prof Christopher Brunsdon, Dr Claire Jarvis, Dr Nicholas Tate, Dr Christopher Keylock, Dr Alex Singleton, Dr Catherine Souch), Funded by the ESRC (2012).
Change in alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related harm to population health (with Prof David Fone, Prof Chris Webster, Prof Ronan Lyons, Prof Frank Dunstan, Dr Sarah Rodgers, Dr Shin Lee, Dr Naru Shiode, Dr Scott Orford) Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (2011).
A survey for the future of UKBORDERS 2011-2016: Report and Recommendations, Funded by EDINA (2011).
Data collection and analysis – May 2011 elections and Parliamentary Voting System referendum (with Prof Colin Rawlings, Prof Mike Thrasher, Prof David Denver), Funded by the Electoral Commission (2011).
Evaluation of the 2006-2011 Census Programme (with Drinkwater, S., and Davies, R). Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), (2010).
Young People and Housing: identifying policy challenges and solutions for 2020 (with Clapham, D., and Mackie, P.) Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, (2009).
Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) (with Huw Beynon et. al.). Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) / Higher Education Funding Council For Wales (HEFCW), (2008).
Modelling residential living space for individual properties using digital infrastructure and remote sensing data: a Cardiff pilot study. Funded by the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geography (RGS-IBG) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) small grant programme, (2007).
Scoping study to identify quantitative methods capacity building needs in Wales (with Moore, L., Lynch, R., Maio, G., Moore, G., Robinson, A., Taylor, C., and Whitfield, K). Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) / Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), (2006).
The Role of The Housing System in Rural Wales (with P. Milbourne, and B. Edwards). Funded by the National Assembly for Wales, (2003).
Age Balanced Communities in Rural Wales (with Newidiem and Menter a Business). Funded by the National Assembly for Wales, (2002).