GIS used to map accessibility to services

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USW research projects are featured in the latest editions of Wiserd News and Wiserd Insight.

Wiserd News contains updates on a number of USW research projects, including a project involving Dr Andy Thompson which is looking at how migrants from central Europe contribute to civil society in different parts of Wales (p.20).

Professor Gary Higgs and Dr Mitchel Langford’s work using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to map accessibility to sports facilities in a new way is also featured (p.30-31).

An overview of some of the projects that researchers are taking part in at USW to quantify and map levels of geographical accessibility to vital public and private services using GIS technology is also included in Wiserd Insight.

This includes working with Tenovus Cancer Care to look at broadening the availability of advanced analytical research tools that may be used to support health analysts in planning the provision of cancer services in Wales.

Researchers are also working with the Welsh Government to look at the current distribution of childcare provision relative to potential demand.

The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) was established in 2008.  The Institute is a collaborative venture between the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea.