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The NIgerian LGA GEodemographic Classification System and profiler (NIGECS)

The project aims to provide spatial dimensions of local level inequality in Nigeria and will be particularly useful for tracking and tackling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other important policy programmes. The atlas includes over 100 maps, charts and visuals, which will, for the first time, make it possible to view at a glance areas in which students are likely to be dissatisfied with the quality of teaching in school, the extent to which people fear crime in different areas, and which areas provide satisfactory health service.

Worldmapper Population Atlas

A series of maps showing the population distribution of all countries has been created as part of the worldmapper project. The maps have been created as part of a Sasi PhD research project and are on display at the World Population Atlas website:

Google maps showing election data

Exploratory work mapping election results

These pages are host to some exploratory mapping of British general election results; a joint venture between the SASI research group at Sheffield and Michael Thrasher at the Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre at the University of Plymouth.

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The Grim Reaper's road map

by Mary Shaw, Bethan Thomas, George Davey Smith and Daniel Dorling.
An atlas of mortality in Britain based on data from 1981 to 2003, this new study explores causes of death across the UK, including a description of the cause of death, a map and cartogram showing the spatial distribution of that cause, a commentary on the pattern observed and the reason for it.

Twelve Tribes

Twelve Tribes of English Youth

This page presents some additional material for a paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference 2008.

We attempt to count every 18-21 year-old in England, and draw soem maps of what they are doing (work, education, etc), and how this is affected by where they live.

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Output Area Classification

Dan Vickers' PhD was concerned with creating an Output Area Classification. See the links below for more information:


A New Social Atlas of Britain

Danny's amazing social atlas of Britain has been resurrected from some old postscript files he recently discovered. Originally published by John Wiley in 1995, it features over 100 double-page spreads of detailed maps and cartograms depicting the geographical distributions of many facets of society in the 1990s.

Worldmapper map Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before
We collaborated with Mark Newman of the University of Michigan to produce a set of cartograms depicting the world with countries re-sized according to many variables(e.g. Aircraft Flights in picture). The resultant maps and posters are available at

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The North-South divide

Numerous facts of life divide the North from the South – there is a missing year of life expectancy north of this line. Children south of the line are much more likely to attend Russell group universities for those that do go to University (and they often go to the North to study!), a house price cliff now runs along much of the line, and, on the voting map the line still often separates read from blue. This is the line that separates upland from lowland Britain, the hills from the most fertile farmland, areas invaded by Vikings from those first colonised by Saxons.

The line that separates the North from the South is fractal. The closer you look at it the more detail you see. It weaves between fields and houses. That such an exact line can be drawn is, of course, a fiction but it is also fair to say that moving from North to South is not that gradual an experience.

Luke Some data mapped at Local Authority level from the 2001 census - including a map of Jedi Knights!

Some maps from Danny and Bethan's  book, People and Places: A 2001 Census Atlas of the UK.

You can download the Shapefiles for the cartogram used in People and places (zipped file)

Danny collaborated with Jared Lang in developing visualizations to better understand Peter Taylor’s concept of World City Networks - here is a summary, with some interesting maps, of their work on this

We developed a set of 'Tracts' - aggregations of wards in each of the years 1981, 1991, 1998, 2000, and 2001, covering the whole of Britain. On the tracts page, you can download the Universal Data Map Cartogram developed by Danny and Helen Durham.