Spatial Hub: Turning local government data into self-sustaining assets

Local government organisations in Scotland are using the Spatial Information Service's Spatial Hub to share and unlock the potential of local government data.

Tackling health inequality in former coalfield communities

Understanding geographical disparities and inequality in public health can help direct regeneration efforts in post-industrial areas.

Assessing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics

Geographers led the impact study assessing environmental, socio-cultural and economic effects of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Count Me In Too: LGBT community experiences in Brighton

Geographical research aimed to improve the lives of the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities in Brighton.

Understanding and addressing fire, degradation and carbon emissions in Indonesia’s peatlands

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.

Developing household-scale metrics to tackle water insecurity

Research by geographers into household water insecurity is improving understanding and helping mitigate water insecurity, and developing flexible research tools for global use.

Working beyond the border

A better understanding of workers’ rights in post-Brexit trade deals improves trade policies.

Collaborative approaches to tackling the climate emergency in Bangladesh

Fostering effective and engaged collaborative research on climate change in Bangladesh may help mitigate the country’s vulnerability, especially to sea-level rise.

Arsenic: the geography of a global problem

A policy briefing outlining the problem of arsenic contamination and offering policy recommendations on the issue.

Intelligent highway management: How spending on local roads and footpaths is decided

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.

Protecting access to allotments

Geographical research changed government policy and popular understanding of the importance of common land and green space in local communities.

New perspectives on historical accounts of exploration

A major public exhibition highlighted the involvement of local guides and communities in three centuries of Western exploration.

South Ayrshire Council uses Story Maps to boost engagement

South Ayrshire Council is using interactive maps to make information about local issues more accessible, meaningful and engaging.

Access to local services that keep me healthy, safe and well

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.

Mapping the value of nature

The Co$ting Nature policy support tool helps to map the relative value provided to humanity by protected areas and other ecosystems.

Preserving the nation’s digital map heritage

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.

Using unique property references for effective asset management in Conwy

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.

Improving access to information in emergency response situations

Geographic information is being used to help humanitarian and government organisations visualise data about disasters to predict, prepare and respond to emergencies in Cambodia.

Improving planning for an ageing population

Modelling and forecasting patterns of demographic change helps regions to prepare for the impacts of national policy changes.

Coordinating contributions from volunteer mappers for rapid disaster response

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.

Connecting the unconnected communities

Internet service provider Quickline worked with emapsite, a location services platform, to connect business and communities to super-fast broadband.

Bridging the skills gap to inspire the geospatial experts of the future

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.

Consumption controversies: alcohol policies in the UK

This briefing paper addresses 10 controversies, evaluating popular notions around health risks, geographies of alcohol consumption, and norms or cultures around drinking.

Improving the effectiveness and safety of mine detection

Mapping the magnetic properties of soils across England and Wales has assisted the Ministry of Defence in creating specifications for new mine detectors.

Improving the health and quality of rivers and water bodies

Monitoring and mitigating changes in flow, sediment plants and insects supports the ecological quality of bodies of fresh water.

Understanding household movements between deprived areas to better target regeneration

A better understanding of urban deprivation has helped central government and local authorities target spending to areas in most need.

UK Migration Controversies: a simple guide

A briefing paper exploring the geographical research and evidence relating to the impact of migration on the economy and society of the UK.

UK Flood risk management: policy recommendations

This 2016 policy briefing offers recommendations for flood management policy in the UK across a variety of domains.

Small area data: Looking towards a 2021 census

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

Metro mayors: RGS-IBG with CURDS

CURDS and the Society convened policymakers, officials and researchers to discuss the May 2017 election of metro mayors.

Storm Geomorphology: geomorphic contributions in an age of extremes

An event on how geomorphology can improve our understanding of extreme storms and floods and their impacts.

The future of small area population statistics

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

Putting a price on the priceless: valuing nature?

This event explored the science, principles and impacts of how natural assets are valued for conservation and landscape management in the UK

What keeps the UK healthy? Geographical perspectives on work and worklessness

In this event, contributors discussed the geography and impacts of the economic downturn on health and the challenges of long-term worklessness