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Yr Athro Scott Orford

Yr Athro Scott Orford

Reader in Spatial Analysis and GIS

+44 (0)29 2087 5272
Room 2.81, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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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 and the use of administrative data in research. He has published his work in a variety of books, policy reports and international academic journals. He has undertaken joint policy research with the Welsh Assembly Government and research funded by the ESRC, HEFCW, NIHR, 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 Data Integration Co-ordinator to the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and leads on the WISERD Data Portal project.

Innovation and Engagement

I am responsible for managing the knowledge exchange activities associated with the WISERD Data Portal including training and capacity building events, chairing user groups, the technical support panel and the advisory panel. I have lead on knowledge exchange events with the Welsh Government (e.g. Wales Statistical Liaison Committee); other data providers in Wales (e.g. InfoBase Cymru; SAIL databank at Swansea University); Third Sector organisations (e.g. Shelter Cymru; Sports Wales; Countryside Commission for Wales), local government and other organisations (AGI Cymru, SRA).


New paper published in Urban Studies

Orford, S., and Leigh, C.: (2013) The relationship between self-reported definitions of urban neighbourhood and respondent characteristics: a study of Cardiff, UK, Urban Studies, Published online before print August 23, 2013 doi: 10.1177/0042098013499795

New research grant award

Scott Orford is a co-investigator on a successful bid to host the Wales Administrative Data Research Centre. This is a joint venture between Swansea University's School of Medicine and WISERD at Cardiff. The bid is worth £8M over 5 years in the first instance. More information can be found here http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/press-releases/28673/the-big-data-family-is-borndavid-willetts-mp-announces-the-esrc-big-data-network.aspx



  • 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 Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (2009 - Present)
  • WISERD Data Integration Co-ordinator (2008-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)


Scott Orford is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) and Secretary and Treasurer of the Quantitative Methods Research Group

External Activities

  • External Examiner MSc GIS, Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, University of London, Birkbeck
  • Co-Editor of International Planning Studies (Taylor and Francis)





















Chair of the Spatial Analysis Research Group

Affiliated to WISERD /PLACE / Wales Administrative Data Research Centre

Interests in GIS, spatial analysis, quantitative human geography with expertise in housing market analysis, accessibility modelling and socio-economic spatial inequalities, social science meta-data generation


Current Projects

Centre for Administrative Data Research and Evaluation (CADRE) - an ESRC Administrative Data Research Centre (with Prof David Ford (PI), Prof Ian Jones, Prof Ronan Lyons (Swansea), Rhys Davies, Dr Kerina Jones (Swansea), Prof Kevin Hayes (Swansea), Prof David Blackaby (Swansea), Prof Chris Taylor, Prof Martin Innes, Prof Judith Philips (Swansea), Prof Paul Burton, Prof Andy Pithouse, Prof Pete Mackie) Funded by the ESRC (2013).

WHealth modelling: An individual-effects modelling methodology for improving the Health and Wealth of cities (with Prof Chris Webster (PI), Dr John Gallacher, Mr Alain Chiaradia, Dr Elisabete Silva (Cambridge)), Funded by the ESRC Transformative Research Invite Only Call (2013).

Morphometric analysis of the Built Environment in UK Biobank (with Professor Chris Webster (PI), Dr Scott Orford, Mr Chinmoy Sarkar, Dr John Gallacher) Funded by the UK BioBank (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).

Past projects

Developing a data discovery and sharing infrastructure for quantitative and qualitative socio-economic data via the WISERD GeoPortal; (with Dr Richard Berry (Glamorgan), Prof Gary Higgs (Glamorgan), Dr Rich Fry (Swansea), Angela Evans (Welsh Government)), Funded by the ESRC (2012).

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).

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).


  • Member of Research Committee
  • Member of WISERD Executive Committee

PhD Supervision

First Supervisor: Jon Radcliffe

Second Supervisor: Natalia Stutter; Alice-Marie Archer

Interest in supervising PhDs in the area of housing market analysis; spatial modelling of socio-economic processes particularly those related to electoral studies, health inequalities or small area deprivation.


Past projects