Research projects

LIDA is co-producing research and innovation between the academic, commercial, government and third sector communities. Below are examples of projects conducted by researchers from LIDA and our partners.

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A new type of digital data helping us understand travel data patterns and improving public health

Travel can influence public health in a variety of ways, including air pollution, personal safety, and the spread of infectious diseases such as Covid-19. Work at LIDA is being undertaken to deploy collaborative multidisciplinary research using information and communications technology, and artificial intelligence with pervasive...

Building partnerships with supermarkets to create lasting change in nutrition and health

Work using supermarket food purchase data to build upon and develop new approaches to using digital lifestyle data in health research is being undertaken by researchers at the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics. The work, led by Dr Michelle Morris, an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, includes...

Identifying Social Bottlenecks for Post-Brexit Agricultural Policy Adaptation

Uptake of schemes encouraging farmers to help improve and maintain the environment varies across England. The main factors influencing uptake are having previous experience and how many hectares are farmed.  ...

Let the Data Speak for Itself: Developing a New Data Dashboard for a Hanoi Transport Survey

This project developed a dashboard using R Shiny in order to investigate insights regarding a proposed motorbike ban in Hanoi. The dashboard will be used as a tool to import findings of the Hanoi travel survey from 26,000 households from the wider research team, so that they can be communicated...

WatPop: Inferring dwelling occupancy patterns and identifying tourist dwellings using high temporal resolution water metering data

Dwelling-level water consumption data are a useful tool to identify tourist dwellings and to infer their occupancy patterns, with tremendous potential as a timely indicator of tourism activity  ...

Open access data for transport research: tools, modelling and simulation (OpenInfra)

OpenStreetMap data has the potential to transform how transport infrastructure planning is done, yet currently its application for (accessible) active travel infrastructure planning is restricted due to the lack of more refined information about highway attributes.  ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Referrals

This study investigated the geodemographic attributes of patients most affected by the drop in the urgent cancer referrals pathway during the pandemic.  ...

GOLIATH: Geographies of Lifestyle, Activity, Transport and Health

Consumer data can provide insight in to a wide range of human activity, but there is a trade-off between privacy and utility of the data. Project overview Consumer data collected by commercial providers have huge potential for a range of research purposes but can be challenging to access...

Improving the speed and ease of cohort creation and analysis.  

Hospitals and healthcare organisations are required to produce datasets for a variety of different reasons. Historically these datasets have been assembled without coordination or standardization. This makes combining and comparing datasets very difficult. The purpose of the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP)...

Leeds City Council Ambient Pop under COVID-19

This project used urban footfall data from Leeds City Council to analyse and model the impacts of COVID-19 lockdown policies on the ambient population of Leeds City Centre. The COVID-19 pandemic led to lockdowns being implemented all over the world, including in the UK.  The aims of the...