Applied GIS: social science applications
|Dates:||26 April 2016 - 27 April 2016|
|What is it:||Workshop|
|Organiser:||Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr Andy Newing|
This course is aimed at researchers who have some familiarity with spatial data and GIS software functionality. This two day course uses a series of accessible hands-on practicals and supporting lectures to introduce participants to a series of more advanced spatial analysis functions and tools within a GIS. We work primarily with vector data (points, lines, polygons and networks) to gain familiarity with GIS tools and techniques used for applied research within the social sciences. Specifically we will introduce spatial clustering, measures of proximity and access, network analysis, construction of service areas and evaluation of facility or service locations, via a series of research questions which could applied in many research contexts. We use ESRIs ArcGIS industry standard proprietary GIS software, widely used by the research community and commercial sector.
Throughout the practical activities we make extensive use of a dataset related to voter turnout (whether an individual voted or not) for the 2005 general election. The data are related to an individual constituency (Withington, Greater Manchester). We work with point data related to individual voters (by home postcode) and neighbourhood data using wards and Output Areas, to which sociodeomographic and geodemographic data can be attached. We also use polling station locations and the underlying road network, introducing participants to a full range of data types and formats used for applied research in the social sciences.
Travel and Contact Information
Humanities Bridgeford Street