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Phil Rees Prof Phil Rees

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Room Miall 10.17
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33286

Work in progress

Current Projects

NewETHPOP-Evaluation, Revision and Extension of Ethnic Population Projections ESRC, ES/L013878/1, Jan 2015 to May 2016 (

This project aims to produce updated projections for ethnic group populations for all local authorities in the UK, using a new model and assumptions based on the 2011 Census. We are collaborating with the UK National Statistical Offices and have consulted extensively with local authorities, both potential users of our results.

What happens when international migrants settle? Ethnic group population trends and projections for UK local areas under alternative scenarios (ESRC 2007-9) 

This project aims to understand the demographic dynamics of the UK's ethnic populations at local level by building on and extending official estimates of local fertility, mortality, internal migration and external migration for the current decade from 2000-1.

Outputs planned:
Fertility, mortality and internal migration estimates (2001-6/7) by ethnic group for local areas. A new migrant databank for local areas and estimates (2001-6/7) of international migration by ethnicity. A new projection model for ethnic populations. Most likely and alternative scenario projections of ethnic populations by local area. Databases, technical reports and journal papers describing research inputs and results.

Regional visions of integrated sustainable infrastructure optimised for neighbourhoods (ReVISIONS) (EPSRC 2008-2011)

Researchers: Consortium led by Marcial Echenique (University of Cambridge); Leeds researchers are Gordon Mitchell (Geog/ITS), Adrian McDonald (Geog), Phil Rees (Geog) Funding and Dates: EPSRC (Sustainable Urban Environments) 2008-11
Description: This research aims to provide the knowledge for public agencies and companies to plan regional infrastructure for transport, water, waste and energy in a more coordinated and integrated way so as to maximise economic competitiveness, reduce environmental and resource impacts and allow households to live more sustainably with an enhanced quality of life. Phil Rees will direct Workpackage 3, GIS and demographic interface between regional and local scales.

Outputs planned:
Tools and databases for converting data between component projects and spatial scales.


Modelling and simulation for e-Social science (MOSES)

Researchers: Mark Birkin (PI, Geog), CIs: Phil Rees (Geog), DELETE Peter Dew (Computing), Haibo Chen (ITS), Martin Clarke (Geog), Justin Keen (Nuffield), Jie Xu (Computing)
Funding and Dates: ESRC, e-Social Science Node award, 2005-8
Description: This project will start in June 2005 with the aim of developing a dynamic microsimulation model of population, households and infrastructure using advanced computing methods. The model will be applied to problems in employment, transport and health issues.

Population reconstruction microsimulation models of the UK population and a dynamic microsimulation model of the Leeds population.

Digital libraries in support of innovative approaches to teaching and learning in geography (DIALOG-PLUS)

Researchers: PIs: Phil Rees (Leeds), Hugh Davies (Southampton), David Dibiase (PSU), Mike Freeston (UCSB). Leeds team: Helen Durham (2003-8), Louise Mackay (2003-8), Oliver Duke-Williams (2005-6), Andy Nelson (2004-5), Richard Hardy (2004), Katherine Arrell, Rizwan Nawaz, Adrian McDonald, Graham Clarke, Linda See
Funding and Dates: JISC, 2003-8
Description: This project has developed and is using innovative e-learning and digital library materials in the Geography UG and Masters curricula in two UK and two US universities.

GEOG5101M and other Modules on Nathan Bodington VLE contain examples of e-learning materials ("nuggets") developed in this project.

An Online Census Atlas completed by the project can be accessed via the CHCC website ( or via the University of Leeds server (

Durham H., Dorling D. and Rees P. (2006) An Online Census Atlas for everyone. Area, 38, 3, 336-341.

Rees P, Nelson A, Durham H, Mackay L, Arrell K (2005) DIALOG-PLUS: Digital Libraries in Support of Innovative Approaches to Learning and Teaching of Geography. ASSIGNation, journal of the ASLIB Social Science Information group, February.

An edited book is due for completion in 2007 and publication in 2008.
vRees p., Durham H., Mackay L. and Martin D. (eds.) (2008) E-Learning for Geographers: Online Materials, Resources and Repositories, IGI Global Publishers, Hershey, PA.

Water and new development, workpackages 1, 12, household data for water, land and waste management (WaND)

Researchers: PI: Adrian McDonald, CI: Phil Rees, Team: Patrick Sim, John Parsons, Jianhui Jin
Funding and Dates: EPSRC, 2004-7
Description: This project developed tools to forecast water demand in water company areas in the UK. UK wide Local Authority population and household projections; small area microsimulation of households; domestic consumption monitor analysis of water demand factors; scenarios for alternative future water use.

Outputs: Parsons J., Rees P., Sim P. and McDonald A. (2007) MACROWater: a Top-down, Policy-driven Model for Forecasting Domestic Water Demand. Working Paper 07/1, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom. Online at:

Sim P., McDonald A., Parsons J. and Rees P. (2005) The options for UK domestic water reduction: a review, version 1.0. Working Paper 05/03, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. Online at:

Patterns of population mobility and internal migration in Australia

Researchers: Martin Bell (PI, UQ), Peter McDonald (PI, ANU), Phil Rees (CI, Leeds) and Others
Funding: Australian Research Council and Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2005-6
This project aims to research and write the definitive account of migration in Australia over the past three decades.

Conference in Canberra in 2005 and 2006 and a book is being prepared for 2008.