Projects

Projects

Active Travel and the Role of Information and Communications Technology

A survey-based study in Glasgow aiming to identify factors which act as barriers to active travel, and examining the role which Information and Communications Technology (ICT) might play in increasing sustainable and active travel behaviour. 

Analysis of Cities and Regions

Investigating the nature of cities and regions and the vagueness that envelops these terms.

A Critical Analysis of the Use of Disallowances and Sanctions in the UK Unemployment Benefit System since 1911

The UK system of benefit sanctions for unemployed people has recently become increasingly controversial because of its evident role in creating destitution, as evidenced most vividly in the increased use of food banks. Yet there are virtually no existing academic studies of this system. This project aims to fill this gap.

Evidence Review of the Impacts of UK Welfare Reform affecting Housing

The UK Coalition Government’s welfare reforms initiated in 2010, following Treasury Spending Reviews and the 2012 Welfare Reform Act, have had profound effects on society, not least through the major changes targeted at working age households and their housing costs. This evidence review seeks to draw on what we know and do not know from UK studies to date in order to assist the Scottish Government better understand the nature and consequences of welfare reform for housing in Scotland.

GoWell: Glasgow Community Health and Wellbeing Research and Learning Programme

GoWell LogoInvestigate the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities over a ten-year period. The programme aims to establish the nature and extent of these impacts, to learn about the relative effectiveness of different approaches, and to inform policy and practice in Scotland and beyond

GoWell East

This major new study examines the impact that the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and related regeneration interventions, will have on communities living next to some of the main Games venues in the inner East End of Glasgow.

Healthy Design? Understanding the Edible City on Glasgow’s Southside

‘Urban agriculture’ is used to describe the transformation of vacant urban land into sites of sustainable food production. It has been identified as a solution for endemic health problems such as obesity, poor nutrition and stress and has been championed as a bottom-up collaborative design tool that reimagines the city as a farm. This pilot project examines the history of urban agriculture in the Scottish city of Glasgow and aims to map its growing visibility in the city.

Housing and Work Incentives

In a time of austerity and dramatic welfare reform, there is much policy interest in work incentives, taking people off benefits and ‘making work pay’. This project seeks to contribute to that debate by examining the role housing plays towards either incentivising or creating barriers to work and also the quality and nature of work that people take. The project involves an evidence review, economic modelling of work incentives and their drivers, and four deep qualitative case studies in contrasting labour market contexts.

ICT, Place and Transport

Estimating how time spent on the Internet for non-work related purposes affects motorized travel behaviour, and examining how these effects vary according to residential locations such as urban, town and rural areas where the levels of accessibility are different.

The Implicit Pricing of Property Attributes

This project examines the pricing of office investments and investigates which attributes have significant effects on investment yields.

Neighbourhood Context: Impact on Attitudes to Inequality and Redistribution

Do the places where people live impact on their attitudes towards inequality in society or their attitudes towards redistribution?

Neighbourhood Dynamics and Spatial Segregation

How do the population characteristics of individual neighbourhoods change over time, and how is the overall pattern of spatial segregation affected as a result.

Poverty and Social Exclusion UK Survey

A collaborative project aiming to advance the 'state of the art' of the theory and practice of poverty and social exclusion measurement.

Regional Density Functions and Regional Boundaries

Exploring the use of the density function as a means for examining the spatial structure of a region.

The Science of the City: Statistical Mapping in Paris and London, c1840-1940

From the mid-nineteenth century attempts to map the social landscapes of cities began to increase.  Closely connected to the growth of statistics and the proliferation of expert knowledge, these mapping techniques were conceptualized as a new way to ‘see’ and analyse the social life of complex and rapidly growing cities. This project explores the historical development of statistical mapping in two major European cities.  

Serving Deprived Communities in a Recession

Focusing on the consequences for vulnerable people and deprived places of the "worst financial settlement in living memory" for local government.

Spatial Structure Contrasts between Urban and Regional Systems 

Aiming to impose a common framework on these two national systems, enabling their spatial structures to be compared.

The Value of Planning

Planning is often justified on social and environmental grounds, but what are its economic costs and benefits? Does a planning system make society more or less prosperous? How are its costs and benefits distributed spatially, over time and between different groups? These are important and indeed controversial questions that deserve careful consideration and which provide the focus for this research project.

Urban Big Data Centre

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) is a research resource promoting the use of innovative methods and complex urban data to address global city challenges.

Urban Transformations: Urban Development, Migration, Segregation and Inequality

This International Centre Partnership brings together researchers from three leading urban research organisations: the Urban Big Data Centre at University of Glasgow, the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) at University of Sheffield, and the CASS Institute of Urban and Environmental Studies in Beijing. It will allow collaborative and comparative research on three important and interrelated urban development issues of migration, segregation and inequality, and make significant contributions in research findings, new methods, theoretical development and policy impact.

Village Lead Land and Property Development in China: A study of current practice in the successful villages

This project examines examples of the bottom-up approach to urban development and explores the alternative approaches to the current practice of government led urbanisation in China. 

Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change

Research to inform international theory, policy and practice on welfare conditionality.

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