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The University of Southampton
The Alan Turing Institute

Spatial data integration for mapping progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals Event

11:00 - 12:30
8 March 2017
Room 3077, Building 32, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please email Professor Elena Simperl at .

Event details

The UN sustainable development goals, an intergovernmental set of 17 aspirational goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, were launched last year. These include ending poverty and malnutrition, improving health and education, and building resilience to natural disasters and climate change. A particular focus across the goals and targets is achievement 'everywhere', ensuring that no one gets left behind and that progress is monitored at subnational levels to avoid national-level statistics masking local heterogeneities. How will this subnational monitoring of progress towards meeting the goals be undertaken when many countries will undertake just a single census in the 2015-2030 monitoring period? Professor Tatem will present an overview of the work of the two organizations he directs; WorldPop ( and Flowminder (; in meeting the challenges of constructing consistent, comparable and regularly updated metrics to measure and map progress towards the sustainable development goals in low and middle income countries, and where the integration of traditional and new forms of data, including those derived from satellite imagery, GPS and mobile phones, can play a role.


Event video


report of the event has been written for the Digichamps initiative.

Speaker information

Professor Andrew J Tatem,directs WorldPop ( and the Flowminder Foundation ( He heads a group of 30 researchers at the university and his work is focused on improving the spatial demographic evidence base in low and middle income countries through data integration. He currently leads a range of research projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Clinton Health Access Initiative, UN Foundation, World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, ESRC, USAID, Belgian Science Foundation, NORAD and the National Institutes of Health.

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