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School of Geography

Luke Burns Dr Luke Burns

Contact details

Room 10.128 Manton
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33392

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Research overview

Luke's research interests principally concern geodemographics and the profiling of both small areas and individuals based on census and lifestyle data.  He also has strong interests in the application of GIS to a wide range of social-scientific fields such as crime, health, planning and business and has combined industrial employment and academic research in these areas.  Lots of his work makes use of the census and involves innovative methods for visualising and understanding data using GIS.  Luke has a growing interest in the pedagogical approaches of teaching quantitative methods to social scientists. 

Research students

I am currently supervising the following PhD student:

Lili Xiang: 2015 to present.  Socio-inequalities in the provision of education in Beijing.

I am interested in hearing from prospective PhD students with interests parallel to my own (GIS, geodemographics, modelling, resource allocation/provision).


Luke has presented his work on the development of geodemographic systems at the following (inter)national conferences:

ESRI User Conference (San Diego), ECQTG (Athens), Crime Mapping (Manchester), Geocomputation (London), IGC/IGU (Cologne & Leeds), British & Irish Regional Science (Cardiff), Europe Regional Science (Bratislava) & Australian and New Zealand Regional Science (Wollongong).

He was also an invited speaker at the MapInfo User Conference 2014 (Memphis) to talk about teaching GIS in Higher Education and to collaborate on an upcoming textbook.