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The Propensity to Cycle Tool: An open source online system for sustainable transport planning


LIDA researcher Dr Robin Lovelace is lead author on a recently published paper detailing the design, features and potential applications of The Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT).  The PCT was designed to assist transport planners and policy makers to prioritise investments and interventions to promote cycling. The tool answers the question: ‘where is cycling currently common...

Can social media be a tool for reducing consumers’ food waste? A behaviour change experiment by a UK retailer


This paper reports on a landmark study to field-test the influence of a large retailer to change the behaviour of its millions of customers. Previous studies have suggested that social media interaction can influence behaviour. This study implemented three interventions with messages to encourage reductions in food waste. The first was a social influence intervention...

Medical Bioinformatics: Live @ Leeds


On 12th December 2016, LIDA’s Medical Bioinformatics MRC Centre hosted a symposium as part of an eMedLab series. Attended by 90+ colleagues, the day comprised presentations from both Leeds staff and external speakers whose activities relate to the work of LIDA and the Medical Bioinformatics Centre. You can now view the following presentations online: Air pollution...

How Leeds City Council are using data to create better services


Leeds City Council feature in the recent Wise Council report by Nesta, which profiles some of the most pioneering uses of data in UK local government. The report features eight in-depth case studies of councils, including Leeds, who have put better use of data at the heart of how they continue to deliver quality services...

Large Scale Infrastructure for Health Data Analytics


The opportunities for data analytics to inform the science and practice of health care are growing. For example, in the UK, 65 million citizens have lifelong e-health records that can be used to examine patterns of disease, treatment and outcomes.  Similarly the real-world impact of interventions such as new drugs can be evaluated in these...

Blog: Geostat2016, Albacete


In late September, LIDA Research Fellow Robin Lovelace attended Geostat2016 in Albacete. In late September I went to GEOSTAT 2016. Given the amount of fun had at GEOSTAT 2015, expectations were high. The local organisers did not disappoint, with a week of lectures, workshops, spatial data competitions and of course lots of Geostatistics. It would be...

CDRC Intern Shortlisted for Information is Beautiful Award


CDRC Data Visualisation Intern, Herwig Scherabon, has been shortlisted for two categories in the KANTAR Information is Beautiful Awards. The visualisations which Herwig developed, whilst studying for an MDes in Graphic Design at Glasgow School of Art, have been nominated for awards in the ‘Data Visualisation’ and ‘Interactive Visualisation’ Categories. Affordability Explorer See visualisation and vote...

CDRC Researcher named as UKDS Data Impact Fellow


CDRC PhD Student Rachel Oldroyd has been named as one of five UKDS Data Impact Fellows. The programme is designed to support the use of UK Data Service data and resources by new generations of scholars through the research partnerships they develop and the students they teach. The quality of applications was high and it...

CDRC welcomes 50 new MSc Students


CDRC Director, Professor Mark Birkin, recently welcomed 50 new students to the Consumer Data Research Centre.  The students, who visited the Centre for the first time, are studying on the new MSc Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy course. Taught by leading academics from the University of Leeds, the course explores a range of analytical techniques...

What do we know about the accuracy of secondary food environment data, and what do we still need to discover?


Emma Wilkins is a Researcher in Obesity, Nutrition, Data Analytics and Health Geography.  Based at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds (Leeds Institute for Data Analytics) since February 2016, her research focuses on the use of ‘Big Data’ to understand how the built environment affects diet and obesity. Policymakers and researchers have recently...