University College London Department of Geography website
Consumer Data Research Centre
Urban Dynamics Lab
CDRC Indicators
Family names
The Uncertainty of Identity

A Selection of National Press Articles

Family names

The first website associated with this research (now GB Names at http://www.publicprofiler.org/) logged over 523,000 users and 31 million hits during January 2006.

2021 ‘Britain’s inequalities are spelt out in its surnames’. The Economist, 20 November and online at https://www.economist.com/britain/2021/11/18/britains-inequalities-are-spelt-out-in-its-surnames

2013 ‘Twickenham warms to Billy Twelvetrees – a name we’ll remember.’ Daily Telegraph, 5 February p21 and www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/england/9847653/Twickenham-warms-to-Billy-Twelvetrees-a-name-well-remember.html

2011 ‘What’s in a surname? A new view of the United States based on the distribution of common last names.’ National Geographic, February, p20-21 and online at ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/02/geography/usa-surnames-interactive.

2009 ‘Tracing family histories goes global’. Britain in 2009 (the ESRC outreach magazine), p111.

2006 ‘Mr Smith? From Lerwick, I presume’, The Observer, 15 January.

2006 ‘New database puts names on the map’, Sunday Herald, 15 January.

2006 Channel 4 News, 16 January

2006 BBC News Online, 17 January (‘front page’)

2006 ‘Where do you think you are?’, Eastern Daily Press, 17 January

2006 ‘So where did your name come from?’, Express and Star, 18 January

2006 ‘Why Cerys should be a Cornish military worker . . .’, Western Mail, 18 January

2006 ‘Website reveals where’s in a name’, PCPro, MacUser, Computer Shopper and Computer Buyer, 18 January

2006 Radio Scotland, 19 January

2006 ‘My, you’ve come a long way – without even leaving home’, The Times, 21 January

2006 The Daily Mail, 21 January

2006 Radio 2, (‘Website of the Day’), 25 January

2006 Radio 5, 27 January

2006 Various other regional newspapers and other media, including the Blackpool Gazette, Lincoln Echo, Nottingham Post, Romford Recorder, Swindon Advertiser, Scunthorpe Telegraph, BBC Midlands, week commencing 23 January

2006 Radio Nottingham, 3 February

2007 ‘What’s in your name?’, The Observer, 15 April, p3.
The second website associated with this work logged over 1 million unique users during August/September 2008

2008 Various national newspapers and other media, commencing August 30, including

BBC Online – [link]
BBC Radio 4 – [link]
BBC World Service [link]
The Independent [link]
Channel4 news – [link]
The Daily Telegraph – [link]
The Scotsman – [link]
The Press Association [link]
New Zealand Herald – [link]
SG.HU (Hungary)- [link]
ZDNet.de (Germany)- [link]
Telekom Presse (Austria) – [link]
Presstext (Germany)[link]
Globo (Brazil) – [link]
Yahoo News Hong Kong (Hong Kong) – [link]
Saigon Giai Phong Online (Vietnam) – [link]
News.com.au (Australia) [link]
Mbl.is (Iceland) [link]
Computerwoche.de (Germany) [link]
WebUser – [link]
Worthing Herald – [link]
Portugal Diario – [link]
The Dominion Post – [link]
2009 ‘Tracing family histories goes global’. Britain in 2009 (the ESRC outreach magazine), p111.


2011    Where are you now? The what, where and how of GIS. The Sunday Times of Malta, Tech Sunday, April 24, p4

2009 ‘Using “geodemographics” in public service delivery’ Britain in 2009 (the ESRC outreach magazine), p28

2009 ‘A multicultural atlas of London’ Britain in 2009 (the ESRC outreach magazine), p100.

2005 ‘Team find sickly postcodes’, Camden New Journal 17 July, p. 17.

Local taxation

1994 The Guardian, 5 January, p.4.

1993 ‘Mass undervaluing for Cardiff council tax’, The Times 6 January, p.5.

1993 Radio Bristol (‘Newshour’), 6 January.

1993 Radio Surrey (‘Drive Time’) interview, 5 January.

1993 ‘Homes “undervalued” for council tax’, The Financial Times, 6 January, p.5.

1993 ‘Homes “undervalued in council tax survey”’, The Independent, 6 January, p.6.

1992 ‘Rich “will gain most from the council tax”’, The Independent, 17 August, p.2.

1992 Radio Wales current affairs news programme interview, 18 August.

Public Understanding of Science

2010 Licensor, kiosk exhibit, London Science Museum ‘Who am I?’ exhibition (5 year term)

2007 Licensor, kiosk exhibit, local ethnicity profiling, ‘Explore-At-Bristol’ museum, Bristol. Part of ‘Inside DNA’ exhibit: Explore-At-Bristol (December 2007 – August 2008), Centre for Life (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: September 2008-February 2009); Glasgow Science Centre (March – September 2009); National Museums Liverpool (September 2010 – February 2011)

2007 Lead academic reviewer, ESRC Knowledge Transfer Division (‘Impact’ grant applications), April/May.

2006 Licensor, kiosk exhibit, origins of Anglo Saxon surnames, Centre for Life, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Other professional service

2013    Member, External Evaluation of Centre for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo, 17 May.

2012     Member, ESRC Google Data Analytics Social Science Research Call, November/December

2012     Member, External Expert Panel (EEP), EU COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) evaluations, 3-4 September

2012-4 Member, UK Data Service Governing Board (ESRC representative)

2011-2  ESRC Retail Research and Data Navigator

2010    Reviewer, ESRC Knowledge Transfer Division ‘Follow on’ funding), March.

2009    Reviewer of research proposals, Czech Science Foundation.

2011-    Member, UK Central Government Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information.

2011-   Advisory Board Member, International Collaborative Center for Geo-computation Studies (ICCGS), Wuhan University, (initial meeting December 17-20)

2009 Reviewer, ESRC Knowledge Transfer Division ’Follow on’ funding), March.

2008 Lead academic reviewer, ESRC Knowledge Transfer Division (‘Impact’ grant applications), January/February.

2007 Panel member, ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Nodes, September/October.

2007 Member, Research Assessment Committee, Dutch Field of Urban and Regional Research.

2005- Referee of research grant proposals, Science Foundation Ireland

2004-5 Member, Ordnance Survey (GB) Research and Innovation Advisory Board

2001- Referee of research grant proposals, Swiss National Science Foundation.

1999 Member, DTI Foresight Retail and Distribution Panel.

1999- Referee of research proposals, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

1998-9 Review panel member, ESRC Data Archive.

1998-2003 Expert Advisor, GIS and Remote Sensing, John Wiley & Sons Limited.

1998 Advisor, Review Committee on GIS and Remote Sensing, Cambridge University.

1993 Referee of research grant proposals, International Science Foundation.

1992-6 Secretary, European Regional Science Association Council.

1992-6 Member, European Organising Committee, Regional Science Association International.

1991-96 Elected European Organising Secretary of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). In this capacity I had responsibility for co-ordinating the programme for the major (typically 200+ participants) annual European Congresses of the RSAI, as well as day-to-day management of the Association’s affairs.

1991-92 Member of Board of Directors of ESRC’s ‘Post Main Phase’ Regional Research Laboratory Network.

1989-91 Elected Chairperson, Institute of British Geographers Quantitative Methods Study Group Committee.

1988- Referee of research grant proposals, Natural Environment Research Council.

1986-88 Elected Secretary/Treasurer, Institute of British Geographers Quantitative Methods Study Group Committee.

1986- Referee of research grant proposals, Economic and Social Research Council.

1983- Referee of research grant proposals, U.S. National Science Foundation.

Professor of Geographic Information Science, University College London