Theory, Spatial Modelling and Urban Form

This continuing project is concerned in different ways with the development and application of formal approaches to spatial analysis which draw on the tradition of spatial interaction modelling and seek to integrate these with theory, hypothesis testing and policy analysis.

This includes work on: relating gravity-type models of flows to economic geographic theories emphasising the role of heterogeneity/variety in choice and transactions; developing procedures for identifying patterns of spatial dependence; and quantifying the (limited) practical significance of urban form relative to other influences on varying emissions levels from patterns of personal transport behaviour observed in different contexts.

Staff member: Ian Gordon and Vassilis Monastiriotis

Project period: Continuing

Funding: Partly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council via the Spatial Economics Research Centre

Related publications:

  • Gordon, I. (2008) ‘Density and the built environment’, Energy Policy, Vol. 36, pp. 4652-6
  • Gordon, I. (forthcoming) ‘Entropy, variety, economics and spatial interaction’, Geographical Analysis
  • Gordon, I. & Monastiriotis, V. (in progress) ‘Speak your weight: endogenising the structure of spatial dependence’

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