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Modelling commuter patterns presentation

May 28, 2013

Modelling Commuter Patterns is the title of a presentation I’ll be presenting at the IGU conference in Leeds. It can be downloaded from here.


Poster presentation – GISRUK 2013

April 4, 2013

The following image shows the ‘territories’ controlled by different supermarkets in Sheffield. It is part of a presentation on open source data and software for store location analysis. This was present today at the GISRUK annual conference.

Supermarket 'territories' in Sheffield

Supermarket ‘territories’ in Sheffield

The full poster can be downloaded from here:

Call for Papers for RGS-IBG session (28th – 30th August, London). Transport and energy: a roadblock to sustainability?

January 29, 2013

Please send abstracts to Robin Lovelace ( or Stewart Barr ( by 10th February at the latest:

Panoramas using open source software

December 29, 2012

Here’s a panorama from just outside my house in Sheffield.

It’s compiled by, a social panoramic photo site that uses the GNU-licensed pan0 software to convert a precompiled panoramic image into an embeddable flash file.



December 20, 2012


Pulling a falling ash tree away from the shed

June 5, 2012

Interesting selection of articles to be presented in Birmingham tomorrow. Keep your eyes on this for full papers.

Energy, Society and Place Research Unit

The paper summaries and presentation slides from the Postgraduate symposium on household energy consumption, technology and efficiency that took place in Birmingham on the 6th of June 2012 are now available.

The programme of the symposium can be found here.

The symposium will be followed by a one day-seminar on the same topic –  click here for the programme and abstracts.

Abstracts for the symposium can found at the following links:

Robert Marchand, University of Sheffield: The need for participatory stakeholder processes for fuel poverty problem definition, measurement and policy formulation. Click here for the presentation file.

Lauren Probert, University of Loughborough: Finding the fuel poor: an exploration of challenges and practicable solutions. Click here for the presentation file.

Rachel Macrorie, University of East Anglia: Energising communities: the dynamics and governance of everyday domestic practices in a low-carbon living context. Click here…

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Spatial microsimulation: a method of integerisation

May 18, 2012


Here’s my presentation on integerisation:

And a folder containing the R code and synthetic dataset needed to run the model:


Evidence for and against a short-term peak in global oil production

October 6, 2009

Peak oil is the point at which global oil production reaches a plateau and begins to decline. Peak oil is an inevitable event as oil is a non-renewable resource (it is not being re-created).  Its timing is the subject of a fierce debate. Due to this controversy, I believe both sides of the argument should be presented so people can make up their minds based on evidence, not wishful thinking or emotion. I do not subscribe to the most pessimistic analyses (e.g. Erikson, 2009), but the IEA’s World Energy Outlook of 2008 seems overly optimistic, as illustrated here and other places on the net.

The UK Energy Research Council (UKERC 2009) has identified the most worthy research question in the peak oil debate as “what evidence is there to support the proposition that global demand for ‘conventional oil’ will be constrained by resource availability before 2020?”. I fully agree: whether or not oil will run out is not worthy of debate (it most certainly will), the shape of the tail is a long-term issue, but the date of the peak has immediate consequences for energy policy and lifestyles. Having read both sides of the argument, I believe there is a great deal of evidence for oil production to peak and enter terminal decline by 2020. This is hugely important for energy research (my E-Futures course included) and our own futures across the world. However, there are two sides to every argument: (more…)