Dr Crispin Cooper

Crispin Cooper

Contact details

Email: CooperCH@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone:  +44(0) 29 208 76072

Crispin is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the sDNA (Spatial Domain Network Analysis) project. His primary role is to create high-performance spatial analysis software that interfaces with existing platforms such as ArcGIS and Autocad. In tandem with this he is developing a methodology for using such software in spatial planning and health research.

Crispin's interests lie in the application of information technology to sustainability problems, whether from the perspective of traditional modelling, or through creating tools for networking and public engagement.

Crispin is currently a member of the PLACE panel advising Cardiff Council on sustainability strategy.


Crispin's research background was initially in Computer Science; working for the Intelligent Systems group at the University of York he helped to develop microchips capable of evolution, growth, self-repair and learning. During this project he also used genetic algorithm techniques to create models of the human vocal tract which have shown some promise for medical imaging purposes.

Having a long-term interest in sustainable development, he worked as a project volunteer in Uganda during 2006, investigating (sadly) the theft of money from a charitably founded secondary school in Rakai province, though also teaching during this time.

Crispin completed his PhD at Cardiff University's School of Planning and Geography (formerly the Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning), using high performance computing to visualise and model large quantities of housing market socioeconomic data collected from the UK census and Land Registry.  This was funded by a Richard Whipp studentship.

His current project with Sustainable Places – sDNA, or Spatial Domain Network Analysis – is undergoing interesting developments and will be ready for a public launch during 2012.


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University 2011-present

Postdoctoral Research Associate, City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University 2010

PhD City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University 2006-2010

Development Volunteer, Uganda 2006

Software Engineer, Cambridge Silicon Radio, 2006

Research Associate, Department of Electronics, University of York 2003-2005

MA (hons) Computer Science and Physics, University of Cambridge 1999-2002