Spatial Planning and Analysis in City Environments

The Spatial Planning and Analysis in City Environments research group specialises in both theoretical and applied research on a wide range of topics related to cities and urban environments.

Research includes that which helps us better understand the way cities and urban environments work, as well as helping to develop better planning and policy approaches to designing and managing of urban settlements. The substantive interests of the group include land use, population change, urban morphology, transport, and housing. The group is characterised by both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, as well as mixed methods and data integration. These are complemented by specific methodological interests in spatial analysis, computational and statistical modelling.

The group focuses particularly on:

  • Spatial and land-use planning systems
  • GIS, spatial analysis and visualisation
  • Transport and travel
  • International planning and development
  • Urban planning and design
  • Health, environment and well-being

Research for policy-makers, professionals and practice

The group has undertaken research for a wide range of organisations and funding bodies, including:

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • UK BioBank
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Department for International Development
  • British Academy
  • Welsh Government
  • Scottish Government
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Medical Research Council