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Mr Andrew Harfoot 

Senior Research Fellow

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Mr Andrew Harfoot is Senior Research Fellow within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

1998 B.A. Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences), University of Cambridge
1999 M.Sci. Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

1999 - 2000
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand
2001 - 2003 GIS Assistant, English Nature
2003 - 2004 GIS Data Manager, English Nature
2004 to date University of Southampton, GeoData Institute

Research interests

  • Open Source GIS
  • Automated Zone Design
  • Applications of GIS in Ecology / Nature Conservation
  • Open Source Geospatial Laboratory

Research projects

Zone Design techniques and software (in collaboration with Sam Cockings and David Martin, Office for National Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics and the University of Wollongong, Australia)

Development of an area based classification and hierarchy for the 2011 Workplace zone geography (in collaboration with Sam Cockings, David Martin and ONS)

Digital Participatory Resource Mapping of Dryland Pastoralist communities in Kenya and Tanzania (International Institute for Environment and Development)

Modelling of the Vulnerability of Habitats to Climate Change (Natural England)

Development of a gridded population dataset for England and Wales using data available under the Open Data License.

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Research project(s)

Workplace Zones

The output areas used to publish data from the UK Census have traditionally been designed based on the locations of residential addresses. The geographical distributions of residential and workplace locations are, however, very different: in city centres, for example, there are often few residential properties but many workplaces, whereas in suburban areas there may be many residential properties but few workplaces. The publication of workplace data by residential geographies therefore presents significant challenges to researchers and practitioners for two key reasons: (i) it can cause some workplace-related data to not be released at all due to confidentiality concerns (as happened for the 2001 Census) and (ii) the residence-based zones are often not an appropriate statistical or geographical base for mapping or analysing workplace-related data.

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Continuing Professional Development courses in GIS

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