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.

Gambling research expert Heather WardleThe collaboration between Dr Heather Wardle (pictured left) and Geofutures brings together expertise in gambling research and policy and spatial analytics.

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, 25(6) 512-524

Examining the effect of proximity and concentration of B2 machines to gambling play

Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Who is vulnerable?

Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Developing the gambling-related harm risk index

A spatial investigation of machines in bookmakers using industry data

‘Risky Places?’: Mapping Gambling Machine Density and Socio-Economic Deprivation. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(1) 201-212

To find out more about our noted work in this area, contact us.