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Professor Bob Haining, MA MSc PhD FAcSS FRGS

Professor Bob Haining, MA MSc PhD FAcSS FRGS

Emeritus Professor of Human Geography and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College

Methodologies for spatial data analysis with applications in health services research, the geography of crime and economic geography.



  • 1974-1976: Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast
  • 1977-2000: University of Sheffield (Personal Chair awarded 1993; Head of Department 1994-97)
  • 2000-2016: Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
    • 2002-2007 Head of Department
  • 2016- Emeritus Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge


  • MA University of Cambridge
  • MSc Northwestern University, USA
  • PhD Northwestern University, USA


Bayesian modelling of small area spatial and spatial temporal data:

  • Modelling spatial and spatial-temporal data using Bayesian methods.
  • Achieving statistical precision when working with small area data (Spatial precision and statistical precision: having the best of both worlds)

Geography and health:

  • An interactive spatial decision support system for monitoring public health using geoinformatics.
  • Crime and its effects on health

Geographical criminology:

  • Evaluating crime reduction programmes: weighing-up the balance sheet
  • Modelling offence geographies


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Short Courses (recent)

  • 'Spatial and Spatial-Temporal Data Analysis using Bayesian Hierarchical Models.' ESRC-funded 3-day short course in association with the Social Science Research Methods Centre (with G.Li and G.Amable). Cambridge, 2015-2016.
  • 'Spatial data analysis.' University of Central Karnataka, India. November 2015.
  • 'Spatial data analysis.' Wuhan University, China. October 2015 and October 2017.
  • 'Spatial data analysis with spatial econometrics'. IPSA-USP Summer School, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Feb 2015.
  • 'Spatial data analysis' KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. April 2017.

Journal activities (current)

  • Associate Editor: Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology
  • Editorial Board: Jo. of Geographical Systems; Int. Jo. of Geographical Information Science.