WISERD Co-Director
University of South Wales

Gary’s current research projects include; GIS-based analysis in accessibility modelling; applications of GIS in medical geography; use of GIS and visualisation techniques in emergency planning; applying GIS techniques in collaborative environments and in particular the use of GIS in public participation arenas as part of decision support system frameworks; investigating the use of Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) in combination with multi-criteria decision analysis in the siting of facilities such as wind farms and landfill sites; investigating patterns of environmental (in) justice in the UK; researching the use of GIS in social science applications in Wales and associated capacity building.


Implications of Spatial & Temporal Variation in Service Provision for Inequalities in Social Outcomes
Overview The study carried out analysis of existing secondary sources of quantitative data in order to investigate levels of social capital within communities in relation to changing levels of provision of key public services. The study built on research conducted in Phase 1
Research Team:
Gary Higgs (University of South Wales), Mitch Langford (University of South Wales), Scott Orford (Cardiff University), Nicholas Page (University of South Wales)
Connected Communities: ICT Use and Connectivity of Minority Communities in Wales
Researchers from the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods, Swansea University, Cardiff University, and the University of Glamorgan will conduct a systematic research review in order to gain an understanding of the impact of Information and
Research Team:
Panayiota Tsatsou, Gary Higgs (University of South Wales), Ian Stafford (Cardiff University), Robert Berry, Richard Fry (Swansea University)
Journal and Journal Article
Using Geographic Information Systems to investigate variations
There are ongoing policy concerns surrounding the difficulty in obtaining timely appointments to primary healthcare services and the potential impact on, for example, attendance at accident and emergency services and potential health outcomes. Using the case study of...
January 2019
Journal and Journal Article
Investigating spatial variations in access to childcare provision using network‐based Geographic Information System models
A “flagship” policy outlined in the current Welsh Government's 2016 Programme for Government aims to provide 30 hours of free early education and childcare per week to the working parents of three‐ and four‐year‐olds. However, in common with many other countries, there is...
Journal and Journal Article
An exploratory analysis of spatial variations in organ donation registration rates in Wales prior to the implementation of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013
Spatial variations in rates of registered organ donors have not been studied in the UK at detailed spatial scales despite some evidence of national and regional differences. By drawing on the findings from the existing literature, this study examines associations between...
Journal and Journal Article
Assessing the Impacts of Changing Public Service Provision on Geographical Accessibility: an examination of public library provision in Pembrokeshire, South Wales
Public libraries make an important contribution to the wellbeing of local people often acting as community hubs by reducing the isolation felt by vulnerable members of society through promoting social interaction and supporting the wider needs of local communities. However,...
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Journal and Journal Article
Investigating geospatial data usability from a health geography perspective using sensitivity analysis: The example of potential accessibility to primary healthcare
Network distance and travel times are two popular methods of measuring potential geographic accessibility and networks are also used in gravity model-based approaches such as floating catchment area (FCA) techniques. Although some research has been conducted to assess the...
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Journal and Journal Article
The role of GIS for health utilization studies: Literature review
There have been a plethora of studies investigating access issues in relation to health services but until recently a relative lack of research on geographical factors that may be influencing utilisation patterns. This paper includes a timely review on what is known from...
Localities | June 2009
Conference
Changing Wales: WISERD at 10
17th October 2018 |
Cardiff
The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) will be celebrating ten years of research that has helped address some of the key social challenges facing Wales on Wednesday 17 th October. This invitation only event...