Our gambling research

Gambling research expert Heather WardleWe’re excited to move into the next phase of our research into the spatial distribution of gambling and its effects on the places where gambling venues are found.

Building on our previous work with social research firm NatCen, we’re creating the Gambling and Place Research Hub, a collaboration with gambling research expert Heather Wardle (pictured), who previously led NatCen’s gambling research team.

Our work will create research methods and toolkits for towns, cities and local authorities to assess the current and future impact of licensed gambling venues. An exciting first project delivered through this Hub will analyse gambling locations and socio-economic data for a partnership between Westminster City Council and Manchester City Council. The aim is to identify where potentially the most vulnerable population groups are concentrated.

Geofutures has recently completed a research study for the Responsible Gambling Trust, analysing the neighbourhoods in which licensed bookmakers with high-stakes fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are located, findings which RGT will use alongside qualitative field research by Natcen into gambling behaviours and links to problem gambling.

We’ve also assisted the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, an organisation aiming to halt the spread of FOBTs, with an embedded Mapcase allowing users to search for FOBT use information in their local area.

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