Research Visit: Project partner Prof. Graham Clarke (University of Leeds)

The project team SALUD was delighted to welcome our project partner Prof. Graham Clarke at the Carinthia University of Applied Science, Austria, to discuss the research project SALUD and future cooperation possibilities.

Graham is professor at the University of Leeds (School of Geography), and an expert in the area of spatial microsimulation since the 1980s. His visit was an opportunity for the project team to present and discuss the current project results and to gain valuable input due to his expert knowledge.

But the meeting was not only an exchange of expert knowledge in terms of spatial microsimulation; it was also an exchange of local traditions. Graham Clarke was dressed in “Lederhosen” to feel like a local, and in return he showed us how to prepare a chip butty (fries in a bread roll), well known in northern England.

The next project meeting is planned at the University of Leeds and University of Sheffield in spring 2015. So we are looking forward to meet Graham Clarke and his research team!

Short biography:
Graham Clarke is Professor of Business Geography at the University of Leeds. He has worked extensively in various areas of GIS and applied spatial modelling, focusing on many applications within urban/social geography. A major research interest has been spatial modelling, especially spatial interaction modelling and microsimulation (especially for estimating small-area patterns of income and wealth, and in applications relating to retail, crime and health). Graham has also been very active in retail geography and model development in relation to retail store location planning. His major research interests relate to retail location planning in relation to the multi-channel growth strategies of retail organisations. This includes work on food deserts, retail saturation, e-commerce, the growth of discounters and convenience retailing.

Some pictures:

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Project presentation and discussion

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Clarke dressed in “Lederhosen”

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Pyramidenkogel Tower with view to Wörthersee

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Clarke eating a famous chip butty

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Concluding the meeting…          

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