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Department of Spatial Planning

We are a state-of-the-art research centre specialising in spatial and place-based scholarship and teaching.


Mapping the margins: a review of the impact of digital mapping on public participation in informal settlements

The nexus of participation and digital mapping in informal areas is yet under-researched. Our new review paper offers insights into this intersection.

World map showing numbers of case studies per country as identified in recent research by Alan Américo da Silva, Iasmin Kormann da Silva, and René Westerholt

Mention of our research in a podcast by The Banker on basic banking services

A recent podcast by The Banker (a Financial Times publication) featured our research into basic banking services in Wales.

St Aldate's Post Office, Oxford, UK

New review paper on conceptualising 'new mobility services'

'New mobility services' is a term used to summarise e-scooters and similar novel forms of mobility. We have analysed whether this is justified.

Several e-scooters

Quotation in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung asked René Westerholt for an assessment of a critiqued study on the geographic origin of the COVID-19 pandemic

Logo of the FAZ newspaper

Successful DFG grant application: a new project on the meanings of spatial weights will be funded

We have successfully secured a three-year project to research the implicit and explicit attributions of meanings to spatial weights.

Logo of the DFG

René Westerholt joins the editorial board of IJGIS

Our member René Westerholt has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

Cover of IJGIS

Full proceedings of PLATIAL'23 are published

The full proceedings of the PLATIAL'23 symposium (hosted by us in September) have now been published – including a workshop report from our team.

U Tower in Dortmund and part of the PLATIAL'23 proceedings cover page

Photography as a means of approaching space and place

Liudmila Slivinskaya has published a full conference paper on using photography to approach space and place in mass housing estates.

A scene in Marzahn, Berlin