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Nawaf Alfadhli Nawaf Alfadhli

Contact details

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



Project title

Utilising GIS capabilities to study and analyse the spatial distribution of crimes to support decision makers and planners in Kuwait.

Project overview

A major concern and challenge for planners and decision makers in all parts of developing countries, such as Kuwait, is to monitor and reduce crime rates. However, as a case study, the employment of GIS techniques within the crime field has been very limited in the local authority of Kuwait. Therefore, applying GIS technology, which can be used by decision makers and planners to monitor, analyse and prevent criminal activity through data in terms of the spatial distribution and its attributes, can play a very critical role.

Projects Aims

The principal aim of this project is to illustrate the application of GIS technology to study and analyse the spatial distribution of crimes in Kuwait for supporting decision makers and planners to monitor and reduce the incidence of criminal events.

Project objectives

  • Study the current situation of crime in Kuwait, particularly its spatial distribution and attributes.
  • Collect, prepare and convert the spatial and attribute data sets into GIS-ready format.
  • Produce a thematic map to identify the geographical distribution of different crime patterns.
  • Examine the relationship between crime patterns and rates of crimes and the possible surrounding socio-economic and demographic factors.
  • Utilise GIS tools to plan effectively for emergency response, determine mitigation priorities, analyse historical events and predict future events by using the multi-functions of the GIS.
  • Geographically cluster analysis of crime using spatial point pattern analysis.
  • Provide valuable findings for the decision makers and planners to assess the database for identification of crime patterns in Kuwait and to develop crime prevention strategies to improve the lives of future generations.



The State of Kuwait

Training Courses and Workshops attended

  • The School of Geography Postgraduate Conference on 8 May
  • Crime, Policing and Citizenship (CPC) that was at the University College London (UCL) on 18 May 2012
  • Starting Your Research Degree 22 May 2012.
  • Project Managing your Research Degree - 31 May 2012.
  • Preparing for your Transfer 14 June 2012.
  • Ethics and Ethical Review - 26 June 2012
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using MapInfo- 27 - 28 June 2012.
  • Time Management during your Research Degree 18 September 2012.
  • Equality and Diversity training, 31st October 2012- School of Earth and Environment
  • Publications Master class for 1st year PhD students - 19th November 2012 School of Earth and Environment
  • PowerPoint Techniques 19/11/2012, EC Stoner Building.
  • Excel for Research 'Manipulating Data' 22/11/2012 EC Stoner Building.
  • The Overview of Graphics & Mapping Software, 23/11/2012 EC Stoner Building.

Conferences & Exhibitions attended

  • Discover GIS Convergence & Exhibition 8th to 9th October 2012- Kuwait
  • A smart City Exhibition presented by TALISMAN the GeoSpatial Data Analysis and Simulation Research Node of the National Centre for Research Methods ( as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, Leeds City Museum

Short Curriculum Vitae

Full name

Nawaf Hamed Rasheed Al Fadli




Bachelor degree holder (faculty of Education — Kuwait university 1999) and Master degree holder (University of Leeds 2011)

Honourable posts

  • Member in Kuwait Teachers association.
  • Member in the staff association Ministry of Education.
  • Member in the Kuwait journalists association.
  • Member in the school association that is under the UNESCO supervision.
  • Member in the young centres related to the public authority for young and sports.
  • Member in the national conference for developing education (jobs criteria for teachers and supervisors).