Spatial Analytics and Modelling



The vision for Spatial Analytics and Modelling (SAM) at Newcastle is to forge a more connected and trans-disciplinary spatial science.

This new spatial science will be able to provide holistic and integrated understanding and ability to manage complex phenomena in space and time. It will encompass social, economic, engineering, environmental and technical issues.

The aim is to build and establish a world-class research team in spatial analytics and modelling at Newcastle University. This new research group shows the value of collaboration between the faculties of Humanities, Arts and Social Science (HASS) and Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE).


Targeted investment in spatial analytics and modelling is strategically important to enable a step change in the capacity, quality and international reach of research in this area at Newcastle. This £2m investment will bring together four chairs to connect:

  • Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies and Geography
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics

The SAM team will develop the next generation of computational spatio-temporal analytics, models and visualisation techniques required to tackle trans-disciplinary global challenges. This will be achieved through close collaboration with the internationally renowned expertise of:

  • Computing Science
  • the Digital Institute
  • a new £30m National Institute for Smart Data Innovation (NISDI)