In this theme, spatial aspects of social and economic processes are investigated, focusing on quantitative and computational approaches. The current increase in readily available large data sets, coupled with increases in computer power, allow us to investigate social and economic trends in a number of new and exciting ways.

Our research covers a wide range of topics, including the analysis of health patterns, the geography of crime, family and fertility dynamics, educational and other lifecourse choices, migration and residential mobility, residential and housing segregation and the effectiveness of the spatial targeting of public policy measures.

In the theme, experts in the advanced techniques of spatial analysis, quantitative data analysis, computation and modeling are brought together. There is a strong focus on web-based approaches and on the analysis of open data and volunteered geographical information.

Research projects have been funded by the ESRC, AHRC, EU, North West Development Agency, British Academy and various local councils. The cluster members regularly assist decision-makers at local and national levels by providing them with information and advice.