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Spatial Design Network Analysis (sDNA) is a standard method for analysing spatial networks. sDNA is an academic, governmental and commercial project which originated at the Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning and the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

Our Research Associate, Dr Crispin Cooper and Affiliate Dr Alain Chiaradia, an Urban Design lecturer, work on sDNA, a world leading spatial network analysis software, compatible with both GIS and CAD. Crispin and Alain use the industry standard network representation to produce metrics that correlate to human health, community cohesion, land values, town centre vitality, pedestrian and cyclist flows, land use, traffic volumes, accidents and crime.

They aim to promote the practice of spatial network analysis through:

  • provision of software
  • provision of training
  • provision of a knowledge base as a foundation for evidence based decisions and policy.

Find out more about the sDNA project on their website.

Project team

Dr Crispin Cooper

Dr Crispin Cooper


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