I research and write about neighbourhoods, cities, regions, and anything in between. I usually do this using data and maps. I like to share my work in a variety of ways, from academic publications and newspaper pieces to blogs, tweets, TV, and even animated gifs. If you want to see some examples, check out my blog at statsmapsnpix.com. I'm a Professorial Fellow at the University of Sheffield, based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. I've put this page together in case you're interested in what I do, or want to get in touch. Take a look at the different sections for more about my work, or click the social media links below.
My current academic role is as a research-focused Professorial Fellow. What this actually means is that the vast majority of my time is spent working on research projects, writing, external engagement, media collaboration and impact-related activity as well as regular invited talks, seminars and training events. I also supervise numerous PhD students and do a limited amount of teaching. I work for the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University and am based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
I joined the University in November 2008 as a Lecturer in what was then the Department of Town and Regional Planning. Among other things, I taught research methods, led an annual European urban field trip and worked as Director of the University's Q-Step programme. I also set up the MSc in Applied GIS and was a recipient of a Senate Award for excellence in learning and teaching. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014 and Reader in 2016 before moving on to my current appointment in September 2017.
I worked as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Policy Studies for two years, under the leadership of Brian Robson and Cecilia Wong. During this time I also taught classes on urban and regional analysis and GIS.
I completed a PhD on urban and regional policy at the University of Liverpool, looking at the impact of decades of area-based interventions in the North West of England. My PhD was funded by the North West Development Agency, one of the former regional development agencies.
This section highlights some of the research projects I'm working on or have worked on recently. My work has been funded by the Bank of England, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Rightmove, the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation and the British Academy, among others. What all these projects have in common is that they utilise my spatial and quantitative analysis skills to answer pertinent policy-related questions. Well, that's what I try to do.
In the course of my work I often create things that other people find useful, so I like to share them. To date this has been a bit uncoordinated so I'm putting the most popular content here so it has a single home and is easier to find. This makes it easier for me to find as well because I'm always forgetting where I put stuff. If there's anything I've done that you find useful but can't see here, feel free to get in touch and I'll see if I can add it.
Over the past few years I've done a lot of work with the media, including television, online and print. For example, I was an on-screen consultant on Channel 4's 'UK's Best Place to Live', and I did the number crunching behind the scenes as well. I've also worked a lot with data journalists, and particularly with Simon Rogers at Google looking at electoral search patterns in a variety of countries, including the US, the UK, Denmark, Poland and Canada. I have been interviewed on Channel 4 News and the BBC's News at Six and News at Ten and my work has featured in a wide variety of outlets, from the Washington Post and National Geographic to Prospect, Citylab and the Scottish Housing News.
I've provided a sample of links below to stories about my work, or that I've featured in as a commentator. The reason I like to do this is because I think it's important to speak beyond the walls of academia and share work more widely. I have also learned a lot by working with journalists.The illusion of a concrete Britain (BBC) The fascinating maps that reveal Europe's most densely populated countries (Daily Mail) Europe's most densely populated square kilometres – mapped (The Guardian) How Airbnb rentals are affecting Isle of Skye (Channel 4 News) Airbnb plans to impose 90-day restriction on lets in Edinburgh (Scottish Housing News) MAPPED: America's 'megaregions' based on where people live and work (Business Insider) Animated Maps Illustrate the Hell of Bay Area Commuting (WIRED) The flows of prosperity: London’s distribution of wealth is shifting, again (The Economist) HS2 and the new North-South Divide (BBC) How do you map a city with no centre? Commuting patterns in the San Francisco Bay area (CityMetric) What the U.S. map should really look like (Washington Post) Google Search tips Cameron to win election (Daily Mail) Map your career in GIS (The Hindu) Four Million Commutes Reveal New U.S. 'Megaregions' (National Geographic)
If you want to get in touch with me, the best way is via e-mail or Twitter. Phone is also good.
Phone 00 44 114 222 6923
Address Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, S10 2TN, United Kingdom