Spatial Analytics and Modelling



Our objectives build on the strong Research Excellence Framework (REF) performances and international reputations of researchers in the collaborating academic units.


We will attract and embed a team of world-leading and internationally renowned researchers in spatial analytics and modelling. 

This team will integrate, connect and catalyse existing strengths and activities in this area within:

  • Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies and Geography
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Computing Science
  • the Digital Institute
  • the Institute for Sustainability
  • Marine Sciences and Technology

Our published outputs will be in high quality, 3* and 4* publications.


We will engage and collaborate effectively with relevant external stakeholders, for example:

  • the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • the EU
  • UK national and local government department and agencies
  • private sector organisations 

This will enable us to generate research income, capture policy influence and impact from the team's research.

Our work will promote and enable future-oriented trans-disciplinary research in spatial analytics and modelling within the University and across its private, public and civic partner networks. We will create opportunities for commercial spin-offs.

Income and investment

We will generate high quality 'blue chip' research income.

The research group will add value to the University's major investments in facilities and staff. These include:

  • the National Institute for Smart Data Innovation
  • Science Central's Urban Sciences building, Urban Observatory and Decision Theatre
  • the Neptune National Centre for Subsea and Offshore Engineering
  • Professor of Visualisation, Digital Institute
  • posts in Engineering
  • big data posts in Marine Sciences and Technology