Apr 29 2014 Posted: 09:25 IST

Dr John Cullinan of Economics at NUI Galway will deliver a workshop on 'Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Public Policy at NUI Galway on 29th April, 2014. 

The workshop will provide an overview of Geographic Information Systems with a specific focus on how GIS can usefully be used for public policy research, inter-disciplinary and collaborative research, as well as for funding applications. It will discuss what exactly a GIS is, what data is required to usefully conduct GIS analysis, what types of analyses a GIS can be used for, as well as the sorts of questions it can help answer. A range of illustrative examples of GIS-based research in the area of public policy will be outlined, including applications relating to higher education accessibility, regional economic development, access to health services, market access, health gradients, food environments, location of public services, etc. In all cases the focus is on how GIS can be used to better inform policy decisions. The seminar will conclude with an overview of the GIS resources available at NUI Galway, including software, hardware, data, courses, training and supports.