Learning map-making using GIS software: some socio-cultural analyses of Leeds

Just sharing some more of my learning from the MSC in Urban Regeneration and Development*. One of the first courses I undertook last Oct 2014, was entitled Monitoring and Analysis of Spatial Policy.

This course taught how to create accurate maps using GIS software, to present and assess public data sources on themes such as environment, transport, economics in relation to different districts in England. The group I worked with chose the metropolitan district of Leeds and I took on the socio-cultural theme, finding and assessing data on unemployment, health, crime levels and the index of multiple deprivation, in relation to key policy documents from Leeds City Council.

Here are a couple of maps I produced showing the changes in unemployment across the district between the years of 2001 and 2011. I’m really interested in the possibilities of working with GIS software and artistic projects, especially as I’ve long been interested in map-making (there are a number of blog posts here about this).
Leeds 2001 Unemployment - 600

Leeds 2011 Unemployment FINAL - 600

*University of Manchester.

About waymarkingthesketchbook

Sarah Spanton is director of arts organisation Waymarking - www.waymarking.org.uk
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