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LIDA Seminar / 6th May 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

LIDA Seminar Series 6th May 2021

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Presentation 1: Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives –The Local Food Environment of Holme Wood, Bradford

By: Tom Albone

Abstract: This project is part of the Act Early: Holme Wood initiative funded by UKPRP and the Alan Turing Institute. We aim to use data science to improve collective understanding of place by supporting strengthening of the community and growth by ‘acting together’.  Some of the concerns raised by the community were a perceived lack of access to affordable and healthy food within the local area.  Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives seeks to understand the barriers to and/or drivers of a healthy lifestyle in one of Bradford’s most deprived areas through combining a range of existing open access and commercial data sources.  One of the key questions is why are food outlets that offer a greater potential for healthier choices and community interventions less accessible?  Another is how can data science techniques be used to identify these problems and model potential solutions?

There are several strands to the project through which these goals will be  achieved:

  • Mapping and spatial analysis of the local food and activity environment.  Existing open access datasets will be used for exploratory data analysis.
  • Identifying barriers to accessibility if any exist
  • Generating food access data and placing the local environment in a wider context.
  • Development of an interactive tool for local policy makers and community organisations to support decision-making relating to the food environment.
  • Engagement with the local community to promote empowerment and confidence with intervention strategies.

This project will generate impact through providing new insights and a new tool to support decision making in Holme Wood Bradford.  This will also provide a platform to build upon in other geographical areas that require similar support.

Presentation 2: Life Choices, Pride, and Aspirations in Holme Wood

By: Paul Truman

Abstract: tbc

Presentation 3: Holme Wood, a mental health ill health epidemic and COVID-19

By: Maike Gatzlaff

Abstract: Mental health issues are prevalent within the Bradford District, with a mental ill health epidemic affecting children and young people (CYP). Mental health support has been identified as a top priority by community stakeholders in the Holme Wood area of the District. These stakeholders report a range of issues including problems with accessibility to support, fragmented and poorly coordinated services, and insufficient resources. Stakeholders suggest the focus is on crisis management rather than early intervention. There is general recognition across the system that tackling these issues will result in better outcomes at the individual and community level, and could potentially offer savings in health, social care and policing costs. Thus, long-term solutions are needed in order to improve mental health support.


This project aims to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health referrals in the Bradford District. The goal is to enable evidence-based policymaking and use data science to inform possible interventions that can improve mental health on the Holme Wood estate.

Presentation 4: Local Data Spaces Project with ONS and ADR UK

By: Simon Leech

Abstract: This project was a joint venture by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC); Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the ESRC’s Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) programme. The Local Data Spaces (LDS) project was funded by ADR UK to utilise COVID-19 data hosted within the ONS Secure Research Service (SRS) in response to Local Authority user needs identified by JBC arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This talk will present an overview of the project as a whole and the role of the Academic Support Team of which I was part of, alongside 3 other CDRC academics. A summary of the different reports generated, around the themes of: Occupational and Demographic Inequalities in infection/mortality of COVID-19, and Changes in Footfall and the Economic Impacts of the pandemic will also be provided.  This work was directed around the needs of the 18 Local Authorities engaged in this Pilot during the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, the analyses completed has been replicated for all 326 Local Authorities in England, providing approximately  1500 reports in total in response to Local Authority user needs.


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6th May 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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