House prices 3d visualisation

On Saturday (24th September) I participated in the UK Data Service’s Open Data Dive Hackathon. The goal was to use open data to create an artefact or visualisation with the grand prize being the opportunity to have your artefact printed on one of MMU’s industrial 3D printers. I wanted to explore using a QGIS plugin called qgis2threejs to create 3D visualisations using the three.js javascript framework that allows you to render your visualisation in a WebGL-capable browser.

rakeR v0.1.1 released on CRAN

I’m proud to announce the initial release of rakeR, v0.1.1, has been published on CRAN! It’s licensed under the GPLv3 so you can use it for any projects you wish. Purpose The goal behind rakeR is to make performing spatial microsimulation in R as easy as possible. R is a succinct and expressive language, but previously performing spatial microsimulation required multiple stages, including weighting, integerising, expanding, and subsetting. This doesn’t even include testing inputs and outputs, and validation of the results.

Sheffield Migration Matters Festival

I am delighted and very proud that I was asked to exhibit some of my photographs from Lesvos for this year’s Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield, which is held as part of Refugee Week. The festival ran from 17th to 25th June 2016 in Theatre Delicatessen, with exhibitions from other photographers, workshops held by artists, and plays performed by local theatre companies. Sadly because I was recovering from surgery I was unable to attend the talk that my supervisor gave on the evening of the 23rd – ‘Letters and Pictures from Lesvos‘, but I was able to at least see the static pieces by other photographers and artists when I visited later in the week.

Petition to EU Council

Update 29/5/16: At some point while I was away over the last week I received a written acknowledgement from the public information service of the European Council, but it still wasn’t exactly a response to the petition: eu-council-response

Update 11/5/16: I received acknowledgement today from the European Council Public Information Service that the petition had been received and ‘duly noted’. It’s not exactly the response I was hoping for (“We will stop deporting people immediately”), but I think it’s all I realistically expected:

Letter from Lesvos, April 2016

New Europeans have just published my Letter from Lesvos, my reflections following two field classes there which coincided with the EU-Turkey deal coming into effect, including meeting some of the refugees, volunteers, and activists there. Our first hand report on the situation in #Lesvos #refugee camp: — New Europeans (@NewEuropeans) April 15, 2016 The letter has also been re-posted on Wake Up Europe! The letter I am writing this letter having just returned from Lesvos with second-year and third-year human geography field classes with the University of Sheffield.

Health resilience: a systematic review

Once upon a time there was a country called Europe | The Policy Press Blog

Presentation: CLAHRCS and BEARS

I presented an overview of my proposed research project this afternoon as part of the ‘Soup Seminar‘ series in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR).Soup Seminar Flyer I presented with Annette Haywood and together we reflected on our experiences of working with local authorities and public health teams outside of academia. Our combined presentation is available online: Updated 12/5/14: The write up of our presentation is now available on the ScHARR public health blog (please note I don’t usually look that terrified!

Townsend Material Deprivation Index

Geographical Analysis of Proposed Library Closures in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council are currently reviewing its provision of the library service with the goal of reducing the number of libraries to 11 (with the option for a small number of additional community-run libraries) — instead of the current 29 — in light of the latest round of budget savings required. The geographical analysis I’ve carried out suggests that the proposed provision is reasonably equal, but not necessarily equitable, and therefore fair.