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Robin Lovelace Dr Robin Lovelace

Contact details

Room Consumer Data Research Centre, 12 Blenheim Terrace
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 30883

Office hours:
09:00 - 17:00

Research overview

A geographer and environmental scientist by training, my work is roughly divided between methodological and applied research. I am developing new methods of 'spatial microsimulation' that will make it easy to generate synthetic populations at the local level. This will be useful for transport planning and policy evaluation. I'm a spatial data analyst and modeler. Through the TALISMAN project, I have taught applied courses on spatial microsimulation and R for spatial data analysis. My applied work focuses on energy use, transport modelling and scenarios of the future. I have published on 'oil vulnerability', the energy implications...


  • A larger and more up-to-date list of outputs is maintained on the publications page of my personal website.
  • Cheshire, J. & Lovelace, R. (2014). Spatial data visualisation with R. In Geocomputation, a Practical Primer. In Press with Sage. Preprint available online.
  • Lovelace, R. (2014). Harnessing Open Street Map Data with R and QGIS. Leeds School of Geography practical Working Paper. Available on EloGeo.
  • Lovelace, R. and Cheshire, J. (2014 and ongoing). Introduction to visualising spatial data in R. Tutorial for NCRM Short Course. Updated version hosted on GitHub.
  • Lovelace, R., & McLoughlin, A. (2014). Transport in Development. Engineers Without Borders (UK), In Press.
  • Lovelace, R., Ballas, D., & Watson, M. (2014). A spatial microsimulation approach for the analysis of commuter patterns: from individual to regional levels. Journal of Transport Geography, 34, 282-296. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.07.008. Preprint available here


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