The TALISMAN project aims to promote a widespread appreciation of the importance of geography and spatial relationships across the social sciences, amongst both academics and informed stakeholders. Familiar examples include variations in life expectancy, patterns of illness and access to hospitals (health care), voting patterns within and between parliamentary constituencies (political science), burglary rates in urban neighbourhoods (criminology), and local fluctuations in the price of commodities such as petrol (economics). 

The project will provide training to social scientists in the   analysis methods which are most appropriate to address issues of spatial analysis and process. Core methods range from the manipulation and visualisation of data through Geographical Information Systems to the application of sophisticated mathematical models representing the behaviour of both individuals and groups. 

The research will develop and extend state of the art geospatial methods with new techniques of data analysis and new simulation models. Key data sources will include volunteered geographical information, new methods of mining historical data, and new analyses of cross-sectional Census data. Novel techniques to visualise model inputs, outputs and processes will be developed and exploited so that scientists and informed stakeholders alike are able to generate more effective solutions to important social science problems.



Moses: a dynamic spatial microsimulation model for demographic planning

Author: B Wu Date: 01 June 2012 Book chapter

SimEducation: a dynamic spatial microsimulation model for understanding educational inequalities.

Author: D Kavroudakis Date: 01 June 2012 Book chapter

Challenges for spatial dynamic microsimulation modelling.

Author: M Birkin Date: 01 June 2012 Book chapter

Exploring metropolitan dynamics with an agent-based model calibrated using social network data

Author: Mark Birkin Date: 03 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Entropic variations of urban dynamics at different spatio-temporal scales : geocomputational perspectives

Author: Didier G. Leibovici Date: 07 November 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Estimating Individual Behaviour from Massive Social Data for an Urban Agent-Based Model

Author: Nick Malleson Date: 13 September 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Spatial analysis and geosimulation

Author: Mark Birkin Date: 10 September 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Crowd Sourcing, Visual Analytics, Digital Social Research and Data Sensing: Developing a Training Agenda

Author: Michael Batty Date: 10 September 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Generating Individual Behavioural Routines from Massive Social Data for the Simulation of Urban Dynamics, Complexity in Spatial Dynamics

Author: N Malleson Date: 05 September 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Location of biogas production - agricultural waste as a retail commodity

Author: M Bojesen Date: 24 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Geodemographics: Creating a classification at the level of the individual.

Author: Luke Burns Date: 22 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

An overview of agent-based modelling and geosimulation

Author: Mark Birkin Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Volunteered information, geospatial data and agent-based models of criminal behaviour

Author: Nick Malleson Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

What is geosimulation

Author: Mark Birkin Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Geovisualisation, spatial analysis and simulation

Author: Nick Malleson Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Creating realistic synthetic populations at varying spatial scales : a comparative critique of population synthesis techniques

Author: Kirk Harland Date: 31 January 2012 Journal article

The enhancement of spatial microsimulation models using geodemographics.

Author: M Birkin Date: 01 June 2012 Journal article

Big data challenges for geoinformatics

Author: Mark Birkin Date: 19 October 2012 Journal article

Microscopic simulations of complex metropolitan dynamics

Author: Mark Birkin Date: 28 June 2012 Seminar/workshop

Exploring the potential of microdata from a large commercial survey for the analysis of demographic and lifestyle characterstics of internal migration in Great Britain.

Author: Michael Thomas Date: 01 July 2012 Working paper

Start date
30 September 2011
End date
30 March 2015
Grant holder
Professor Mark Birkin
Co-applicants
Professor Alan Wilson
Professor John Stillwell
Dr Andrew Evans
Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith
Mr John Stillwell
Professor Michael Batty
Grant amount
£1,279,680.72
Grant reference
RES-576-25-0039
Discipline
Human Geography
Grant type