Spatial Analytics and Modelling



Spatial analysis and modelling have been long-standing research strengths at Newcastle University. This began with the Social Science Research Council-funded Regional Research Laboratory in the 1980s.

We have an established international reputation, especially in:

  • theory-led spatial analysis and policy applications at the city and city-regional scales
  • spatial risk impact assessment and infrastructure systems
  • scalable and cloud computing and visualisation

Spatial analytics and modelling are key contributors to the high international ranking and reputation of Newcastle University. 

Reputation and ranking

Research areaResearch powerREF rankingQS ranking (2015)
Architecture and Planning 4th 10th out of 45 n/a
Geography 16th 10th out of 57 31
Engineering 3rd 6th out of 14 45
Computing Science 9th 9th out of 89 n/a
Mathematics and Statistics 30th 11th out of 53 n/a

Expanding expertise

Spatial Analytics and Modelling at Newcastle will integrate, and build capacity and expertise in this rapidly expanding area.

Building up expertise in spatial analytics and modelling is about positioning the University to 

  • take advantage of the fruitful research context
  • address the urban science and wider future cities and sustainable agendas
  • add significant value to University investment in these areas

The HASS and SAgE faculty collaboration adds value by connecting and forging transdisciplinary approaches. The investment comprises four chair-level posts situated in and connected between:

  • CURDS and Geography
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Spatial Analytics and Modelling at Newcastle has a remit to engage with Computing Science, the Digital Institute and National Institute for Smart Data Innovation (NISDI), as well as the:

  • Institute for Sustainability
  • School of Marine Science and Technology
  • University's four ESPRC/NERC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training
  • ESRC Doctoral Training Centre with Durham University