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Mark Birkin Prof Mark Birkin

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

Email:
m.h.birkin

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 36838

Student hours:
Monday 10:30 - 12:30, Thursday 2:00 - 4:00

Research overview

Professor Mark Birkin is Chair of Spatial Analysis and Policy. His research interests include modelling societies and their behaviour, the use of information and communication technologies in the public, industrial and commercial sectors, and the development of Geographical Information Systems for human and environmental analysis.

Research students

  • Elena Kirby-Hawkins
  • Stephen Clark
  • Nawaf Alfadhli

Presentations

2008

  • Birkin, M. (2008)  An architecture for urban simulation enabled by eResearch, eResearch Australasia, Melbourne, 30th September.
  • Birkin, M. (2008)  Modelling the dynamics of UK society: the Moses project, The e-Social Science agenda: challenges and opportunities for geographers, Royal Geographical Society AC 2008, 29th August.
  • Birkin, M. (2008) Moses: Modelling, Simulation and e-Social Science, Sixth International Summer School on Grid Computing, Lake Balaton, Hungary, July 7th.
  • Birkin, M., Martin Clarke (2008)  Spatial forecasting with Moses, ESRC Research Methods Festival, Oxford, July 3rd.
  • Birkin, M. (2008)  Grid-enabled simulation for urban and regional planning, International Symposium on Grid Computing, Academia Sinica, Taipei, April.
  • Birkin, M., Dianna Smith (2008)  A dynamic microsimulation model of urban housing markets, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, April.
  • Birkin, M., Alison Heppenstall (2008)  Extending spatial interaction models with agents for understanding relationships in a dynamic retail market, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, April.
  • Birkin, M. (2008)  Moses: Modelling and Simulation for e-Social Science, NCeSS Showcase, University of Manchester, January.

2007

  • Birkin, M., Belinda Wu, Phil Rees (2007) Spatial Microsimulation Model of the UK Population in 2030,  IMA2007 Conference, Vienna, Austria, August.
  • Birkin, M., Belinda Wu, Phil Rees (2007) A Spatial MSM with an ABM insight, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 29 August - 31 August.
  • Birkin, M., Martin Clarke (2007)  A spatial microsimulation model of  residential location, AAG, San Francisco, April.

2006

  • Birkin, M. Paul Townend (2006)  SimCity for Real.  Supercomputing, Tampa. November 06.
  • Birkin, M. Justin Keen, Andy  Turner, Belinda Wu (2006)  Moses: A hybrid microsimulation model for social policy analysis, Regional Science Association (British and Irish Section), Jersey.
  • Birkin, M. (2006)  Real Simulations for Real Cities:  From Computer Gaming to an Infrastructure for Research, Policy and Teaching, ESRC Research Methods Festival, Oxford, July.

2005

  • Birkin, M. Modelling and Simulation for e-Social Science (MOSES): A Research Agenda and Progress Report, Royal Geographical Society/ Institute of British Geographers, London, September 2005.
  • Birkin, M. and Turner, A. 2005. Decision Support Systems and Spatial Policy Analysis, World Conference on Transportation Research: Frontiers in Transportation; Social and Spatial Interactions, Amsterdam.
  • Birkin, M. 2005. A multi-agent ‘Model of Metropolis’, CUPUM ‘05: The Ninth International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, London.
  • Birkin, M. 2005. Modelling and Simulation for e-Social Science (MoSES), Future Cities Workshop, Manchester.
  • Birkin, M. 2005. GIS and Spatial Decision Support Systems: Moses and Hydra, Agenda setting workshop - Quantitative methods in e-social science, Lancaster University.
  • Birkin, M. 2005. The National Centre for e-Social Science, What is the Grid, and hiw can it help your Research?, Sheffield.
  • Birkin, M. 2005. e-Social Science, Leeds Social Sciences Institute, Leeds.
  • Birkin, M. 2005. An introduction to e-Social Science, Rural Economy and Land Use Data Workshop, York.

2004

  • Birkin, M. 2004. Hybrid Geographical Models of Urban Spatial Structure, The Dynamics of Complex Urban Systems, Ascona, Switzerland.
  • Birkin, M., Dew, P., Macfarland, O. and Hodrien, J. 2004. Grid-enabled Spatial Decision Support Systems (Hydra): An ESRC e-Social Science Demonstrator Project, Poster presented at the launch of the National Centre for e-Social Science, Manchester.
  • Birkin, M. 2004. Hydra: A Spatial Decision Support System enabled by the e-Science Grid, World Regional Science Association, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • Heppenstall, A., Evans, A. and Birkin, M. 2004. Experiments with a Hybrid Multi-Agent Model for the Spatial Distribution of Petrol Prices, Third International Workshop on Agent-based Approaches in Economic and Social Complex Systems, Kyodai-Kaikan, Kyoto University, Japan.
  • Birkin, M., Hodrien, J., Macfarland, O. and Dew, P. 2004. Hydra II: Spatial Planning Services, e-Social Science All Hands Meeting, Manchester.
  • Birkin, M. and Macfarland, O. 2004. Using geodemographics to assess neighbourhood change, 34th Annual Meeting of the Regional Science Association British Section), Cork.
  • Heppenstall, A., Evans, A., O’Sullivan, D., MacGill, J. and Birkin, M. 2004. Development of a Hybrid Multi-Agent Model for Petrol Markets, Sixth International Conference on Social Science Methodology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2003

  • Birkin, M., Evans, A., Heppenstall, A. 2003. An intelligent agent simulation of price setting behaviour, European Colloguium on theoretical and quantitative methods in Geography, Pisa, September.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G. and Clarke, M. 2003. Addressing complex urban and regional problems: some examples and lessons from business, Institute of British Geographers, London, September.
  • Clarke, M., Clarke, G., Birkin, M. 2003. Lessons and Suggestions from 20 years of applied Spatial Modelling, ESRC Research Methods Workshop on Modelling and Simulation, Leeds, March.
  • Heppenstall, A., Evans, A. and Birkin, M. 2003. A hybrid multi-agent/spatial interaction model system for petrol price setting, Geocomputation, Southampton.
  • Heppenstall, A., Evans, A. and Birkin, M. 2003. A hybrid multi-agent/spatial interaction model system for petrol price setting, Regional Science Association, St Andrews.

2002

  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G., Dewhurst, R., Gibson, P. 2002. An analysis of geographical patterns in the utilisation of secondary health care services.  Wellington, New Zealand, December.
  • Birkin, M., Dew, P., Hodrien, J., Kingston, R. and Wood, J. 2002. Grid-based support for spatial decision-making: a health-care example, ESRC Research Methods Programme, Combining data: using advanced technology to enhance social science resources, University of Manchester, 18 December 2002
  • Birkin, M., Dew, P., Hodrien, J., Kingston, R. and Wood, J. 2002. Hydra: A spatial decision-support system on the grid.  An e-science demonstrator project.  Poster presented at ESRC Workshop on e-Social Science, London, 2 December 2002.
  • Birkin, M., Dew, P. and Wood, J. 2002. Spatial decision-support systems on the grid, e-Science All Hands Meeting, Sheffield, September 2002
  • Birkin, M., Gibson, P. 2002. Calibration of a small area incomes model using lifestyle data, Regional Science Association, Brighton, August
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, M. 2002. Using spatial models to solve difficult retail location problems, Retail Decision Support, Nottingham, July.

2001

  • Birkin, M., Clarke, M. 2001. From Spatial Interaction to Spatial Informatics: Approaches to solving difficult Business Location Problems, GIS in Business, Tokyo, Japan, November 2001.
  • Birkin, M. and Clarke, M. 2001. From Spatial Interaction to Spatial Informatics: Approaches To Solving Difficult Business Location Problems, GIS in Business, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Birkin, M. 2001. Measuring the benefits of applied research, Paper presented to the Institute of British Geographers, Plymouth.

2000

  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G. and Douglas, L. 2000. Optimising retail mergers and acquisitions geographically, Paper presented to the 7th Recent Advances in Retailing & Services Science conference, Sintra, Portugal.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G. and Douglas, L. 2000. Retail mergers and acquisitions: A financial services case study, Paper presented to the Regional Science Association (European Section), Barcelona.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G. and L Douglas 2000. Network optimisation within the financial services industry, Paper presented to the Regional Science Association (British Section), Bath.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G. and Douglas, L. 2000. Decision-support systems for acquisitions and post-merger integration, IBG Retail Study Group Workshop, Manchester.

1990s

  • Birkin, M. and Culf, R. 1998. The Application of Regional Science techniques to Business Planning problems, Regional Science Association (European Section), Vienna.
  • Cardwell, W., Birkin, M. and Clarke, G. 1997. Optimising Product Delivery Through the Distribution System: A Case Study of Retail Banking, Paper prepared for the 4th International Conference on ‘Recent Advances in Retailing and Services Science’, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Birkin, M. 1996. GIS and Geodemographics, Fannie Mae Institute, Washington DC.
  • Birkin, M. 1996. GIS Applications in Strategic Location Decisions by Commercial Organisations, Paper presented at the RTPI North-West Update, Warrington.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G. and Clarke, M. 1996. Urban and regional modelling at the micro-scale, Paper presented to the 35th Annual Meeting of the Western Regional Science Association, Napa, California.
  • Birkin, M. 1995. Paper presented to the British Pharmaceuticals Market Research Group, Bournemouth.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G. and Clarke, M. 1995. Urban and regional modelling at the micro-scale, Paper presented to the 26th Annual Meeting of the Regional Science Association, Dublin.
  • Birkin, M. 1994. Finding the right sites: the WH Smith Approach, GIS in Business '94, Amsterdam.
  • Birkin, M. 1994. HPCN Simulation and Distribution Networks, High Performance Computing, Simulation and Trans-European Activities, European IT Conference (DG III), Brussels.
  • Birkin, M. 1994. Intelligent GIS and Branch Location Modelling, ESRC/AGI/ NCGIA Workshop on Spatial Modelling and GIS, Bristol,.
  • Birkin, M. and Clarke, G. 1994. Restaurometrics, Paper presented to the 1st Recent Advances in Retailing & Services Science conference., Lake Louise, Alberta.
  • Birkin, M. and Clarke, G. 1994. Progress in Applied Retail Modelling, Paper presented to the 25th Annual Meeting of the Regional Science Association, Dublin.
  • Birkin, M. 1993. The simulation of whole populations with added income attributes, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Institute of British Geographers, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.
  • Birkin, M. 1993. GIS for business and service planning. Customer targeting and geodemographics, ESRC/ AGI GIS Seminar Programme, Leeds.
  • Birkin, M. 1993. Geodemographics versus geolifestyles, Paper presented to the Market Research Society, London.
  • Williamson, P., Birkin, M. and Rees, P. 1993. The simulation of whole populations using data from the small area statistics, samples of anonymised records and national surveys, IBG/RSA 1991 Census Conference, Newcastle.
  • Williamson, P., Rees, P. and Birkin, M. 1993. A meta-database of census variables and tables, IBG/RSA 1991 Census Conference, Newcastle.
  • Birkin, M. 1992. Decision support systems for retail site selection and branch performance evaluation. Paper presented to the 24th Annual Meeting of the Regional Science Association (British Section), Dundee.
  • Birkin, M. and Clarke, G. 1991. IT and spatial decision support systems. Paper presented to a conference on 'Information Technology in business', Portsmouth Polytechnic.
  • Birkin, M. and Jin, Y.X. 1991. An interregional input-output study for the Leeds Metropolitan District. Working Paper 546, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G., Clarke, M and Wilson, A.G. 1990. Information Systems for urban policy appraisal. Paper presented to the Institute of British Geographers Annual Meeting, Glasgow.

1980s

  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G., Clarke, M. and Wilson, A.G. 1989. Broadening the focus and extending the horizons: from GIS to EIS. IBG Workshop on Applied Geographical Information Systems.
  • Birkin, M. and Clarke, G. 1987. Synthetic data generation and urban performance: a labour market example. 5th European Colloquium on Quantitative and Theoretical Geography, Bardonecchia, Italy.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, G., Clarke, M. and Wilson, A.G. 1987. Geographical Information Systems and urban and regional analysis: Ships in the night or the beginnings of a relationship? Joint ESRC/NSF Meeting on 'Developments in Geographical Information Systems', Edinburgh.
  • Birkin, M. 1986. Spatial interaction and the classical theory of urban residential land use. IBG Annual Meeting, Reading.
  • Birkin, M. 1986. An Iterative Proportional Fitting procedure (IPF): Theory and implementation. Computer Manual 26, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • Birkin, M. 1986. Extended comprehensive and dynamic urban models. IGU Workshop on Mathematical Models, Madrid.
  • Birkin, M. and Clarke, M. 1986. Integrating data and generating really useful information about metropolitan areas: methods and examples. 18th Annual Meeting of the Regional Science Association, British Section, Bristol.
  • Birkin, M. and G Clarke 1985. On the design and implementation of an information system for urban modelling and spatial planning. 17th Annual Meeting of the Regional Science Association, British Section, Manchester.
  • Birkin, M. and Clarke, M. 1985. Comprehensive models and efficient accounting frameworks for urban and regional systems. 3rd NATO ASI, Hanstholm, Denmark.
  • Birkin, M., Clarke, M. and Wilson, A.G. 1984. Interacting fields: Comprehensive models for the dynamical analysis of urban spatial structure. 80th Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington DC.
  • Birkin, M. and Wilson, A.G. 1984. Industrial location models in a metropolitan context. Presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Regional Science Association, British Section, Canterbury.
  • Wilson, A.G. and Birkin, M. 1983. Industrial location theory: Explorations of a new approach. Working Paper 360, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • Birkin, M. 1982. A manual for using 'CROSSTAB': A census data extraction program. Computer Manual 20, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • Birkin, M. and Rees, P.H. 1982. The 1981 census small area statistics for West Yorkshire wards: How to access, extract and analyse. Working Paper 342, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • Birkin, M. 1981. Mortality in England and Wales, 1916-1976: Causes of trends and trends in causes. Working Paper 315, School of Geography, University of Leeds.