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Using GIS to understand space and time in the social, behavioural and economic sciences : a white paper.

Gregory, Ian N. and Knowles, Anne Kelly (2011) Using GIS to understand space and time in the social, behavioural and economic sciences : a white paper. SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences.

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    Abstract

    The importance of space and time to research within and across a wide range of disciplines has long been recognised. Continuing this tradition, in its call for visionary white papers NSF states, �The landscape is vast and complex, stretching across temporal and spatial dimensions and multiple levels of analysis& in a dynamic and fragmented yet interconnected world.� Historical Geographical Information Systems (HGIS) has the potential to create truly interdisciplinary understanding of spatio-temporal processes and the connections and disruptions between them across multiple scales. As a method, HGIS is proving increasingly effective in exploiting space and time, place and period, drawing upon a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative sources. HGIS has gained practitioners in many disciplines, including geography, political science, history, economics, sociology and environmental history. In these fields and others, it is generating cross-disciplinary research. Funding research and increasing capacity in this field will result in a step-change in our understanding not just of the past but of how societies and economies have developed to reach their current situation.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
    ID Code: 39650
    Deposited By: Dr Ian Gregory
    Deposited On: 02 Feb 2011 16:48
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:59
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/39650

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