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  • Gordon Mitchell co-authored chapter 6 (Pollution and inequality) of the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report “Health impacts of all pollution – what do we know?” published last month by the Dept of Health.

  • Gordon Mitchells paper with Olalekan Adekola (York Uni), “The Niger Delta wetlands: threats to ecosystem services, their importance to dependent communities and possible management measures”  was recognised by the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management as one of its top ten papers of 2017 (with over 2300 downloads last year).

  • A number of CSAP staff, research postgraduate and MSc GIS students attended the GISRUK Annual Conference in Leicester. Geography at Leeds was very well represented in paper and poster submissions, demonstrating the breadth of our applied research. Amanda Otley was awarded the prize for best poster for work originating from her MSc GIS dissertation (carried out in collaboration with Leeds City Council):  Otley, A., Newing, A., Addison, R., and Ridge, W., 'Developing and operational index of age-specific community resilience in Leeds'. Poster presentation at 26th Annual GIScience Research UK (GISRUK) conference, University of Leicester, 17th-20th April 2018.

  • Lex Comber has a paper published in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening - an open copy is available here.  This is work out of the NERC / Newton Critical Zone project with colleagues at Rothamsted and CAS Beijing.

  • John Stillwell presented a paper entitled "The IMAGE Studio: A new methodology for internal migration analysis" in the session on Demographic Methods  and Data at the XXVIII International Population Conference of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) in Cape Town, South Africa on 29 October-4 November.  Phil Rees was discussant of papers presented in a special session at the conference on Migration into the European Union: Consequences of alternative migration scenarios  on future population composition.
  • Paul Norman was visiting speaker for the seminar series at the University of Oxford's 'Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology' The presentation was, "Not social mobility but deprivation mobility: places change their characteristics and people change their places." 

  • CSAP organised the European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography (ECTQG) 2017 in York. There were papers presented by a number of CSAP colleagues including Myles Gould, Michelle Morris, Tomas Crols, Nick Hood, Robin Lovelace, Nick Malleson, Rachel Oldroyd, Nik Lomax, Matthew Daws, Emily Sheard, Monsuru Adepeju, John Stillwell, Alison Heppenstall, Mark Birkin, Eusebio Odiari, Stephen Clark.

  • The SoG and the Wildland Research Institute welcome Yue Cao from Beijing. Yue will be a visiting scholar for 12 months working with Steve Carver on wilderness mapping in China and developing the foundations of a Chinese Wilderness Preservation System. 

  • Steve Carver and Mark Fisher gave the keynote address to the UKELA (UK Environmental Law Association) meeting on REWILDING: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW, SCIENCE AND PRACTICE at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield.

  • Gordon Mitchell co-authored the Chapter on ‘Pollution and Inequality’ in the Chief Medical Officer for England's annual report. The chapter was singled out for attention by Prof Dame Sally Davies, in her foreword to the report.

  • For the second in our ‘Teach Me Something' series, Roger Beecham gave an overview of key theory and principles in Information Visualization design. As well as demonstrating how this theory supports modern data analysis workflows, he argued that awareness of this theory is necessary for understanding well-known, and/or newly important, toolkits for data visualization. The slides are available on the CSAP blog here

  • Pip Roddis presented her latest work on spatial microsimulation. The talk was a great introduction the methodology and an overview of how Pip is using it in her research. The slides are available on the CSAP blog here.

  • Alison Heppenstall has just been awarded a 3-year fellowship with the Alan Turing Institute. She will lead a project exploring the underlying social processes in smart city data. See here.

  • Andy Newing gave an invited presentation at the Data Analysts User Group (DUG) (formally Demographics User Group) at their annual away day. DUG represents the needs of commercial data analysts and includes representatives from major UK consumer-facing organisations.

  • Steve Carver was invited to and attended the "Top Priorities in European Landscape Restoration" workshop held at CCI, Cambridge last week. A joint paper is being written and will be published in Conservation Biology early next year.

  • Steve Carver is helping run an Introduction to Rewilding course at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales 4-6 August.
  • Lex Comber recently published a paper developed as part of his NERC Newton Fund project on the Critical Zone in the Loess Plateau, China.

  • Lex Comber, Andy EvansAlison Heppenstall and Nick Malleson contributed to a recently published commentary in Environment and Planning B.

  • Helen Durham presented a paper entitled “ Enhancing the Transitional Experience of Taught Postgraduate Students: A Case Study from an Online Distance Learning Programme in Geographical Information Systems” at EDULEARN17 , an international conference on education and new learning technologies held in Barcelona 3-5 July 2017, as part of her LITE project.

  • Steve Carver gave a talk to the Geographical Association annual conference on Saturday in Guildford on "Brexit means…? Threats and opportunities for nature conservation in the UK"

  • Steve Carver attended the NERC "Rewilding in the Uplands" workshop at BES offices in London on Tuesday where he chaired the passive rewilding group.

  • Alison Heppenstall and Myles Gould were invited to give a Sadler Seminar in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute. This was part of the series entitled “Religions and Public Health: bridges and barriers to improving global health outcome”. Alison and Myles talked about “Modelling the influence of place on individual health outcomes” and provided an overview of two contrasting methodological approaches: multilevel modelling and agent-based modelling. It anticipated that this might to lead to a collaborative work with colleagues in School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, and the Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust Chaplaincy Service.

  • Myles Gould recently sat on a US National Science Foundation research grants panel for the final time (having completed his term of office).

  • Helen Durham has published an opinion piece blog on the LITE website: ‘Will online distance learning mean the end of campus-based programmes?’

  • Steve Carver was a speaker and panellist in a discussion session about rewilding at the Oxford Real Farming Conference.

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