A scoping study of Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) analysis of house price estimation: with applications to impacts of crime, ethnic/religious segregation and landlord portfolio optimisation

Dr Ellie Bates, University of Edinburgh and Professor Gwilym Pryce, University of Sheffield, Joe Frey, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Dr John Boyle, Rettie and Co. This project explored new inter-disciplinary uses of Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) in criminology, sociology, housing economics and real estate finance, developed in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Rettie and Co. Ltd.

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The impact of social media on young people’s attitudes towards independence

Dr Mark Shephard, Dr Stephen Tagg and Dr Stephen Quinlan, University of Strathclyde, and Dr Jan Eichhorn and Professor Lindsay Paterson, University of Edinburgh This project built on existing ESRC–funded research (the Future of the UK and Scotland cross-investment AQMeN social media project) on the impact of social media on attitudes towards independence. This project had two specific objectives: 1)

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Social media and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum: The Twitter dimension

Dr Mark Shephard, Dr Stephen Quinlan, Dr Stephen Tagg, University of Strathclyde and Professor Lindsay Paterson, University of Edinburgh This project sought to examine the role of Twitter in the referendum campaign, while tying in with the existing ESRC funded/AQMeN supported project on social media and its impact in the referendum. Social media is becoming an ever more important part

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A collaborative quantitative research development programme in the Third Sector: understanding volunteering in Scotland

Dr Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling, Dr Helen Harper, Volunteer Development Scotland, Dr Louise Meikleham, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and Steven Hope, Ipsos MORI There is increasing enthusiasm for exploiting “big data”, and making better use of quantitative data from both social surveys and administrative sources. However, this poses a significant challenge for organisations that do not have

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AQMeN Collaborative Small Grants Scheme 2013-2014

The Collaborative Small Grants Scheme was developed in 2013-2014 to encourage and support members of the social science community in Scotland to work together on small-scale research, training, knowledge exchange or dissemination projects that involve the use of advanced quantitative methods in any area of social science. The following projects were awarded funding: Workshop series in advanced quantitative methods for

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Workshop series in Advanced Quantitative Methods for census flow data analysis

Dr Zhiqiang Feng, University of St Andrews and Cecilia MacIntyre, National Records of Scotland Migration and commuting are two types of key agents of population flows which have considerable impacts on localities and regions. The analysis of patterns and dynamics of migration and commuting is fundamentally important in understanding population dynamics for researchers as well as to policy makers dealing

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A view through a window: Social relations, material objects and locality

Abstract In this article the authors ask what it would mean to think sociologically about the window as a specific material and symbolic object. Drawing on qualitative analysis of a series of comparative interviews with residents in three different streets in a diverse local area of Glasgow, they explore what the use and experience of windows tells us about their

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Is the housing market blind to religion? A perceived substitutability approach to homophily and social integration

Abstract Housing markets are unlikely to be impervious to the preferences and prejudices associated with urban segregation. For example, two neighbourhoods with very different religious attributes are unlikely to be perceived as close substitutes by homebuyers that have a strong preference for neighbours of a particular religion. This paper offers a new framework for the conception and measurement of social

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Scottish Independence Referendum 2014 media coverage

This area of research and the three individual projects within it collectively garnered more than 70 pieces of media coverage including print, broadcast and on-line. Here are just a few of the pieces of coverage about this research, which remains highly topical: Hard evidence: who are Scotland’s undecideds on independence? The Conversation, Feb 2014 – Jan Eichhorn blogs on the

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Social origins, academic strength of school curriculum and access to selective higher education institutions: Evidence from Scotland and the USA

AQMeN researchers Adriana Duta, Brian An and Cristina Iannelli have published a paper in The International Journal of Higher Education. Abstract: This paper analyses the role that different components of the academic strength of the secondary-school curriculum (i.e. number, subjects and grades of advanced academic courses) play in explaining social origin differences in access to prestigious universities (but also to

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