Category Archives: Research

Patterns of shops, patterns of play: insight into how space may relate to behaviour

We have been given the opportunity to re-visit some data generated for previous research into machine gambling in Britain. This data had the potential to uncover some interesting relationships between gambling and the spatial configuration of B2 machines within betting shops. Little is currently understood about how, if machines are concentrated in certain areas, this may...
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High Street trends

What really happened to the British high street during the recession years, and what needs doing to preserve their future? Geofutures' Mark Thurstain-Goodwin and Gaynor Astbury contributed to an evidence based report ‘British High Streets: from Crisis to Recovery?’ recently produced by the University of Southampton for the the Government’s policy advisory group The Future High...
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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...
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Important aims, interesting data analysis

Throughout our time in business, we’ve been lucky in being able to contribute to research which is both important in its aims and fascinating in the methods which can be applied. The Environment Agency was an early adopter of spatial analysis, not just to manage assets and immediate interventions, but to plan for future policy and...
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Five things you need to know about building an evidence base

1 – Why your organisation needs evidence

‘Evidence’ is a buzzword that’s in danger of being over-used, but if an organisation needs to make a decision, it should ideally do so based on some reliable information. This helps it to make decisions which bear some relation to the real world so you can make more money,...
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