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Helen Durham Helen Durham

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Room Irene Manton 10.122
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 37992

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Work in progress

Current projects

Spatial distribution of Conscientious Objectors in WW1

Details to follow shortly

Previous projects


DIALOG-PLUS: Digital Libraries in the Classroom

This project combined the efforts of geographers, education specialists, and computer scientists at the University of Leeds, the University of Southampton, Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was funded jointly by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United Kingdom Joint Information System Committee (JISC) as part of their Digital Libraries in the Classroom initiative.The emphasis in this project was the development of innovative and collaborative learning material in the form of reusable digital learning nuggets.
My role as a member of the Leeds team was to apply my expertise in GIS and my knowledge of UK Census data to develop nuggets in collaboration with UK and US colleagues.

CHCC: Developing the collection of historical and contemporary census data and materials into a major learning and teaching resource

This was a JISC-funded project which ran from 2000 until 2003.The central aim of the project was to increase use of the CHCC in learning and teaching by:

  • Improving accessibility to the primary data resources
  • Developing an integrated set of learning and teaching materials
  • Improving awareness about the contexts in which Census data can be used in learning and teaching
  • Integrating contextual materials
  • Providing access to web-based data exploration/visualisation tools
  • Developing resource discovery tools via a Census portal

My role included:

  • the creation of appropriate generalised spatial boundaries for learning and teaching across a range of geographical zones, using MapInfo and ArcInfo;
  • the creation of population based cartogram of the UK, developed initially in Microsoft Excel and later converted to GIS compatible format;
  • the development of web-based learning and teaching materials;
  • the development of web-site for learning and teaching resources;
  • the creation of comparable intercensal change data for 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001 and incorporation of the resulting databases into a web-based Census Atlas which used the CommonGIS visualisation and exploratory tool;

Access to the CHCC resources is via the CHCC website

Internal migration and population dynamics in europe

My post as Research Officer on the research project “Internal migration and population change in Europe” started in 1996 under a grant provided by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. The project was extended and subsequently funded by the ESRC. The project aimed to compare inter-regional migration and population dynamics for small spatial units in 20 selected European countries.

My role was to provide the cartographic expertise and analytical skills, using MapInfo and ArcInfo GIS software, for the project’s investigation into rural depopulation, the processes of urbanisation, suburbanisation and counterurbanisation and the analysis of changing migration patterns over the last decades. I was responsible for the creation and management of a population database and a cartographic database of administrative boundaries in Europe, extracting derived statistics from the database, assisting with the preparation of inputs to statistical modelling, maintaining the cartographic database and preparing all maps and cartographic analysis for the project and for publication.