Quantitative modelling in Human Geography

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Many of the social, economic and demographic characteristics of population display strong spatial patters. For example, the distribution of poor health, mortality, migration, wealth and unemployment exhibit strong spatial patterns across and within countries and regions. Quantitative models are a valuable tool enabling Human Geographers to evaluate theories about the social processes driving spatial unevenness in population and socio-demographic characteristics. Whilst all models contain error they also have the potential to reveal new understandings of spatial process, to challenge and develop existing theories or to inform policy responses to particular social challenges. This chapter introduces the use of quantitative models in Human Geography and whilst it cannot cover the full range of techniques within this exciting and vibrant sub-discipline, it does provide examples of a selection of models to illustrate the potential of quantitative methodologies. The chapter also considers the development and the debates around the use of quantitative models, how you might apply them in a research project as well as future challenges and opportunities for quantitative Human Geographers. The chapter is divided into six parts:• Introduction• Debates around the use of quantitative models in Human Geography• How do I use quantitative models in a research project?• Quantitative models in Human Geography• Challenges and opportunities• Conclusion
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKey Methods in Geography
EditorsNicholas Clifford, Meghan Cope, Thomas Gillespie, Shaun French
ISBN (Electronic)9781473908963
ISBN (Print)9781446298602, 9781446298589
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2016


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