The Annual Meeting of the AAG is quite possibly the largest geography conference in the world, with over 9,000 geographers converging from the U.S., Canada, and nearly 60 other countries in a typical year, bringing together the latest research in urban analytics; the meeting was held April 10-14, 2018 and featured more than 6,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers.
CDT students Elisabeth, Sarunkorn and Malkiat were able to join fellow geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience, to present and discuss their research. Elisabeth’s presented an agent-based modelling project useful for food policy interventions to begin considering food desert challenge for estimating interdependencies across space, time and spatial disparities in diet and health; Sarunkorn and Malkiat presented their research about spatial and temporal case studies analysis of an UK urban social care system, a case study of Birmingham city and covering topics of Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Analysis and Modelling, and Urban Geography.
The agenda of sessions were designed around three main themes - ‘Black Geographies’, ‘Hazards, Geography and GIScience’, and ‘Public Engagement in Geography’ - and featured plenary speakers, specialty group and business meetings, poster and panel sessions, papers including illustrated and interactive short papers, field trips, and a variety of workshops which they all attended based on our individual interests; Elisabeth and Sarunkorn underwent training in geospatial analysis in R, spatial statistics using Python, spatial data mining with a focus on clustering, and the use of ArcGIS software for Big Data analysis. The students also attended a number of networking sessions with other participants, delegates and presenters as part of the conference aims to increase awareness and understanding of geographical themes and issues.
Words by Elisabeth Titis, Malkiat Thiarai and Vikki Houlden
This activity, through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Science and Progress, Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities is supported by a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant number: EP/L016400/1