Here is a great opportunity to join our research group:
Summary: Creating better Area Classification for the 2011 Census of the Population
A Ph.D. studentship is available commencing end September 2010 for three years to create an updated methodology for the creation of a new area classification that will be employed on the 2011 Census of the Population, when the output data are made available. The current classification can be viewed as the ‘OAC interactive map’ at www.areaclassification.org.uk.
This provides an excellent opportunity to address a range of important methodological issues with geodemographic classifications, and to build better visualisation methods for dissemination that will maximise engagement and create more opportunities for public feedback. As such, the key research deliverables of this award will be: to evaluate alternate clustering methodologies that create more stable assignments of areas into clusters; to design new geographically sensitive methods of measurement that inform the underlying indicator variables used to create the classification; to develop and evaluate new modes of dissemination which better utilise web based technology and new advances in GIS.
The successful candidate is likely to have a background in GIS or computer science, and will have as a minimum an upper second or first class degree. S/he must also be a home/EU student for fee-paying purposes. Applicants should email a curriculum vitae and supporting statement to Professor Paul Longley at the Department of Geography, University College London: firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is Friday 27 August 2010, with interviews planned for the following week.