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Nick Hood Dr Nick Hood

Contact details

Room 10.133
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 31455

Student hours:
Monday and Tuesday

Short CV


  • PhD in Quantitative Human Geography, University of Leeds, 2012-2016

Title: Evaluating alternative methods for forecasting convenience grocery store sales

Funding: ESRC Retail Industry Business Engagement Network (RIBEN)

Supervisors: Professor Graham Clarke and Professor Martin Clarke

Brief Synopsis: My research looked at understanding the emergence of major retailer convenience grocery retailing in the UK and involved the development and testing of multiple methodologies for store sales forecasting. The research was conducted as part of a partnership with the large multiple retailer Sainsbury’s. Methodologically, the research involved various spatial analysis techniques including area classification methods, geographical information systems, mathematical modelling, statistical modelling, geocomputation and the automation of tasks through computer programming.

  •  MSc Social and Spatial Inequalities, University of Sheffield, 2007-2012

MSc Dissertation Title: A geographically weighted regression analysis of the variation in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy in the UK.

Dissertation Supervisor: Danny Dorling

  • BA Geography, University of Sheffield, 2007-2010 

Academic Job History

  • Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Leeds (June 2016 – Present)

I am employed as a researcher on a collaborative Open Research Area (ORA) project entitled Sub-National Context and Radical Right Support in Europe (SCoRE), a project looking at the drivers of radical right support across Europe. My role entails conducting various spatial analyses including Geographical Information Systems with a heavy reliance on computer programming and geocomputation.

  • Teaching Fellow, School of Geography, University of Leeds (September 2015-Present)

I was employed as a part time teaching associate supporting the delivery of online and face-to-face modules in Geographical Information Systems whilst completing my PhD. Having recently been promoted, my role now involves delivering computer practical’s, supporting students in online discussion forums, developing learning materials, convening the MSc in GIS module Principles of GIS and supervising student dissertation projects on the MSc in Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy.

  • Demonstrator, School of Geography, University of Leeds (2012-2015)

During my PhD I taught on over 1000 hours of quantitative human geography computer practical’s across a large range of modules.


  • Thesis

Hood, N. (2016) Evaluating alternative methods for forecasting convenience grocery store sales. Ph.D Thesis, University of Leeds

  • Papers

Hood, N., Clarke, G. and Clarke, M., 2016. Segmenting the growing UK convenience store market for retail location planning. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research26(2), pp.113-136.