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  • Steve Carver gave a talk and lead a lively debate on Rewilding in Ilkley for the Ilkley chapter of the U3A, Friends and Ilkley Moor and Wharfedale Naturalists.

  • Alison Heppenstall was an invited speaker at the International Agent-based Congress in Washington.  She presented a paper reflecting on how the field has developed in the last 20 years (co-presenters Andrew Crooks (GMU) and Nick Malleson).

  • Steve Carver has had a letter "To Those Who Shoot" published in The Country Squire Magazine.

  • Graham Clarke spent reading week as a guest at the University of North Texas in Dallas. He was the first invitee to their new international visiting scholar lecture series. He presented two papers on ‘progress and problems in retail location modelling’ and ‘applied spatial microsimulation modelling’. He then travelled to take part in the North American Regional Science Conference in Minneapolis where he presented a paper on ‘adding e-commerce into retail location models’ (with co-authors Mark Birkin and Elena Kirby-Hawkins).

  • Robin Lovelace’s research on the Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT) for the Department for Transport has received some attention in the transport planning professionals publication Local Transport Today. The piece criticises the current 'black box' methodology and advocates the use of simpler and more transparent models such as the PCT to create the evidence base needed to transition away from fossil fuels in the transport sector. Robin's book on Spatial Microsimulation with R, with Morgane Dumont, is now available purchase on the CRC Press website.

  • Paul Norman was the invited speaker at a Department of Health seminar on Health Inequalities on 11 February. He presented joint work with Fran Darlington (now Queen Mary Uni) and Dan Exeter (Uni Aukland) on ‘Selective migration and changing health/deprivation relationships’.
  • WRi working with the John Muir Trust have produced an animated map of Scotland showing the spread of visual impact from industrial wind farms across the country over the last 20 years. You can read more on the JMT web pages and see the animation on YouTube. Steve's animation featured in a report on STV News on 26 Nov and in Scottish Energy News.

  • Steve Carver took part in a live-streamed panel debate on rewilding in Frome, Somerset with George Monbiot, Simon King and others on Thursday evening in front of an audience of nearly 300 people, with over 400 more watching live online. The debate can be watched on YouTube.

  • John Stillwell convened a workshop on 'Analysing migration flows using the IMAGE Studio' on 19-20 November in the School. The workshop, funded by the Australian Research Council and the UK Data Service-Census Support, attracted participants from China, Austria and Belgium and well as from the Office for National Statistics and from universities in the UK. The Studio software and associated data files will soon be available.

  • Fran Darlington was invited to the Royal Bradford Infirmary to talk about her research with the Born in Bradford research group. The title of her talk was ‘Selective sorting, internal migration, social mobility, immobility and health: A South Asian story’. 

  • Luke Burns has been awarded a full University Student Education Fellowship (USEF) in recognition of excellence in teaching and supporting student learning. Luke was one of two members of university staff to be awarded a full fellowship with several others awarded at the developmental level. The fellowship comes with funding to spend over five years.

  • Steve Carver gave a keynote presentation and led a training session at a Tribal GIS workshop in Taitung, Taiwan from 22 – 27 July. He spent a few days after the workshop travel around the tribal villages in Taitung County building links and promoting collaboration with TICTU (Taiwan Indigenous Communities Tribal Union).

  • Last week saw the launch of a film about the politics around Climate Change in the run up to the Paris climate change conference, part-produced by members of the University. You can see the film, plus extended interviews with key figures here. For more info, contact director Nick Roxburgh.
  • Rachel Oldroyd and Robin Lovelace attended the second European conference on Free Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4Ge) held at the Politecnico di Milano in Como, Italy, from 14 to 17 July 2015. Robin and Rachel delivered a practical workshop entitled ‘An Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis’ and also presented their co-authored paper on ‘Teaching R as a GIS: problems, solutions and lessons learned’. A free and open-source teaching resource associated with the workshop can be found on-line here.

  • Members of the cluster attended the 8th International Conference on Population Geographies held at the University of Queensland from the 30 June to 3 July 2015. Phil Rees was a keynote speaker in the opening plenary on ‘Immigration in the Modern World’, presented co-authored papers on “ How should we forecast international migration? A framework and UK illustrations” and “The impact of internal migration on population distribution: a cross-national comparison”, and also two co-authored posters on “Ethnic population projections for the UK and local areas, 2001-2011: a second chance to get them right” and “Estimates and trends in fertility by ethnic group and country of birth : local authorities in England 2001-2011”.  John Stillwell co-presented a workshop on “The IMAGE project” and gave a paper on “Internal migration around the world: comparing distance travelled and its frictional effect”. Nik Lomax presented a co-authored paper entitled “Time series migration in the United Kingdom by age, sex and ethnic group: estimation and analysis” and Pia Wohland presented co-authored papers on “New estimates of ethnic mortality in the UK- resolving the debate” and “Understanding health expectancy inequalities across local areas”, Fran Darlington presented two co-authored papers on “Do ‘stayers’ widen health gradients in England? Moving beyond ‘movers’ to understand health inequalities” and “Selective migration and health inequalities: Are overall ethnic health gradients and differences in rates on CVD and mortality influenced by selective migration in New Zealand”. All five members of the Leeds contingent chaired sessions and Phil and John presented an oil painting of the Yorkshire Dales to Martin Bell at a sponsors’ dinner during the conference, in recognition of the collaboration between CSAP and the Queensland Centre for Population Research (QCPR) over many years. 
  • John Stillwell, Fran Darlington and Tom Murphy attended the UK Data Service-Census Support Conference on “Census applications: Using the UK’s population census data” at the University of Manchester on 16-17 July 2015. John chaired the opening plenary, Fran chaired a session on health and presented a paper co-authored with Paul Norman and Dimitris Ballas on “Changing patterns of ethnic health and socio-economic status between 1991, 2001 and 2011: What can census microdata tell us?” and Tom presented a paper co-authored with John Stillwell and Lisa Buckner on “Commuting to work in England and Wales in 1991, 2001 and 2011: Modelling distances and mode of transport using microdata”.

  • Gordon Mitchell was interviewed by Yorkshire Post in June 2015. Find the article ‘Learning lessons of the 1995 drought’ here
  • Steve Carver attended the Wild Europe Steering Group meeting in Brussels on 9 June where he represents WRi and the UK, and presented work on the EC Wilderness Register.  Steve will also be part of a team, with Mark Fisher (WRi), invited by SNH to provide a review of the environmental, social and economic benefits of wildland in Scotland (total £15k).

  • GISrUK 2015 took place in the School of Geography from 9 – 11 April.  The organising committee of CSAP staff and postgraduate students included Nick Malleson, Helen Durham, Paul Norman, Rachel Oldroyd, Nick Addis and Alison Heppenstall.  The three day event involved 240 delegates, over 80 papers and 30 posters, and was a great success.

  • Nik Lomax was invited to join the National Population Projections Expert Advisory Panel which met on 9 April 2015. The panel advise the UK statistical agencies on the fertility, mortality and migration assumptions which inform the UK population projections in the short term (to 2018) and long term (to 2038). These projections are used for resource allocation and policy formation decisions across the United Kingdom. The latest projections are due for publication in November.

  • Robin Lovelace is part of a team that has been contracted by the Department for Transport (DfT) to build the National Propensity to Cycle Tool (NPCT).

  • As part of work on Ethics and Research Data Management, Andy Turner attended the Jisc Research Data Spring Workshop in Birmingham on 26th and 27th February.