The Geofutures Gambling & Place Research Hub
The Gambling & Place Research Hub is a collaboration between Dr Heather Wardle and Geofutures, looking at the relationship between gambling behaviour, location and communities.
The Hub builds on previous work by both partners, which looked at the characteristics of areas with higher numbers of gambling machines and, more recently, looking at the profile of areas where bookmakers are located.
The work of the Hub recognises the importance of communities and local environments in how gambling in Britain varies and seeks to explore and understand this. Our most recent work is for Westminster and Manchester City Councils, which is looking at how vulnerability to harm can be mapped and vulnerable areas identified.
Heather previously led gambling research at the National Centre for Social Research and was Project Director of the British Gambling Prevalence survey.
She has over 12 years of experience working in applied social sciences and is recognised as a leading expert in British gambling research.
Our latest reports can be found here;
Heather Wardle, Gaynor Astbury and Mark Thurstain-Goodwin. (2017). Mapping risk to gambling problems: a spatial analysis of two regions in England. Addiction Research and Theory, doi:10.1080/16066359.2017.1318127.
To find out more about our noted work in this area, contact us.