Our case studies make the case for the importance and relevance of geography, covering research and impact from across the discipline
Transformative change is needed in how flood risk and water security are managed in urban environments, in the UK and globally.
This case study summarises the key themes discussed by our panellists at the first fireside chat, organised by the Disaster Risk Management Professional Practice Group in February 2021.
Written by Dr Tina Thomson, William Forde and Dr Kelvin Wong.
As well as using census data in their work, geographers have been central to census design. Find out more in our case studies.
Collaborative research and networking by geographers established and supported community action against climate change across the UK.
Innovative analysis of administrative data providing improved understanding of journeys made to escape domestic violence.
GIS and survey methods for population and infrastructure data are supporting international development efforts and geospatial capacity in a number of countries.
Innovative techniques to visualise geographical and historical information aided commemoration of contested and underappreciated WW1 histories.
Geographers worked across two countries to understand the challenges faced by LGBTQ people and what could make their lives more “liveable”
Satellite-based remote sensing technology helps to identify the scale of wildfires and their impact around the world.
The National Audit Office modelled journey times to jobcentre locations, providing a tool for estate management
Changes to the financial system are needed to achieve a just transition towards a net zero future.
Presentations and information from our knowledge exchange event on calculating journey times.
Research by geographers into household water insecurity is improving understanding and helping mitigate water insecurity, and developing flexible research tools for global use.
A better understanding of workers’ rights in post-Brexit trade deals improves trade policies.
Geographical research on refugee children’s experiences of the asylum process has contributed to improved decision making and welfare outcomes.
Geographical evidence on more cost-efficient approaches to flood management shows us how to reduce the human misery and financial cost of future flooding.
Local government organisations in Scotland are using the Spatial Information Service's Spatial Hub to share and unlock the potential of local government data.
Understanding geographical disparities and inequality in public health can help direct regeneration efforts in post-industrial areas.
Geographical research aimed to improve the lives of the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities in Brighton.
Sefton Council combined council data and Cadcorp web mapping software to create an interactive online portal
Geographical research has highlighted and quantified the significant carbon emissions associated with fire, drainage and plantations in tropical peatlands, influencing policy, monitoring and rehabilitation worldwide.
Fostering effective and engaged collaborative research on climate change in Bangladesh may help mitigate the country’s vulnerability, especially to sea-level rise.
A policy briefing outlining the problem of arsenic contamination and offering policy recommendations on the issue.
Improved techniques for gathering and structuring data about local areas has enhanced the usefulness of the census and enabled better use of population data.
Young people’s inputs to urban planning and design has improved Garden Village developments
Research into cliff erosion rates helped to determine the risk to local residents and their homes.
Manchester City Council worked with Gaist to ensure it had the right data to secure additional investment for maintaining its highways network to support the city’s growth ambitions.
Geographical research changed government policy and popular understanding of the importance of common land and green space in local communities.
A major public exhibition highlighted the involvement of local guides and communities in three centuries of Western exploration.
Geographers led the impact study assessing environmental, socio-cultural and economic effects of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
South Ayrshire Council is using interactive maps to make information about local issues more accessible, meaningful and engaging.
Using GIS to forecast the effect of cold weather on roads has improved safety and reduced cost for councils.
The unique reference number given to every property in Great Britain is linking public health data with local services, to build a clear picture of residents’ health and wellbeing in Kent.
The Co$ting Nature policy support tool helps to map the relative value provided to humanity by protected areas and other ecosystems.
New techniques for the restoration of rivers have aided urban regeneration and improved local environmental quality.
The British Library, together with the UK’s five other Legal Deposit Libraries, is working with thinkWhere to preserve the nation’s extensive catalogue of digital map datasets for future generations.
Conwy Borough Council is using Unique Street Reference Numbers (USRN) to keep its asset management system up to date and help public services run more efficiently.
Geographic information is being used to help humanitarian and government organisations visualise data about disasters to predict, prepare and respond to emergencies in Cambodia.
Modelling and forecasting patterns of demographic change helps regions to prepare for the impacts of national policy changes.
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and thinkWhere are using open source software, open data and cloud technology to coordinate a global network of volunteers providing mapping for disaster preparation, response and recovery.
Internet service provider Quickline worked with emapsite, a location services platform, to connect business and communities to super-fast broadband.
Scotland’s Spatial Information Service is working with the private, public, professional and educational sectors to inspire young people to embrace opportunities in geospatial information.
This briefing paper addresses 10 controversies, evaluating popular notions around health risks, geographies of alcohol consumption, and norms or cultures around drinking.
Mapping the magnetic properties of soils across England and Wales has assisted the Ministry of Defence in creating specifications for new mine detectors.
Monitoring and mitigating changes in flow, sediment plants and insects supports the ecological quality of bodies of fresh water.
A better understanding of urban deprivation has helped central government and local authorities target spending to areas in most need.
Improving understanding of UK internal migration informs policy responses to local demographic change.
A policy briefing exploring geographical perspectives on water policy in the UK
A briefing paper exploring the geographical research and evidence relating to the impact of migration on the economy and society of the UK.
This 2016 policy briefing offers recommendations for flood management policy in the UK across a variety of domains.
This 2014 collection of short case studies demonstrates the value of small area census data, and advocates for retaining the method in the the 2021 Census
CURDS and the Society convened policymakers, officials and researchers to discuss the May 2017 election of metro mayors.
An event on how geomorphology can improve our understanding of extreme storms and floods and their impacts.
This event drew together experts to understand key issues in small area population data and promote informed responses to the ONS consultation on the census and the future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
This event explored the science, principles and impacts of how natural assets are valued for conservation and landscape management in the UK
In this event, contributors discussed the geography and impacts of the economic downturn on health and the challenges of long-term worklessness
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