Harry Tata – Project I

Spatial analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic in Bradford

Bradford is a large and ethnically-diverse metropolitan district in the North of England with high levels of deprivation and ill health. It has been one of the hardest-hit areas of the country throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in terms of community transmission and strain on medical infrastructure. Faced with an ever-evolving situation, making timely, informed decisions as and when things change is vital for the health of the population.  

As part of Bradford’s response to the pandemic, I will be working with the COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group at the Bradford Institute for Health Research to investigate the local impact of the virus with a focus on spatial analyses. We aim to explore the spatial spread of infections in relation to ethnicity, population density and poverty.   

To do this, I will investigate the temporal and spatial spread of infections, and their underlying socio-economic and cultural factors. I will describe and examine how and why specific areas are affected in order to understand the challenges the pandemic has already brought to the region, and to prepare for those that are still to come. Beyond this the aims of the project are not fixed, and the course of research will be shaped by the wider context of the pandemic over the coming months. The findings of this research will be communicated to local policy makers to aid services planning.