Dr Nick Hood

Dr Nick Hood


Nick is a Teaching and Research Fellow based in the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP) and the Leeds Insitute of Data Analytics (LIDA). Nick comes from a Geography background and developed an interest in quantitative techniques whilst studying for a BA (Human Geography) at University of Sheffield. He went on to study an MSc in Social and Spatial Inequalities (University of Sheffield) with a  focus on GIS and Spatial Statistics before completing a PhD in Quantitative Human Geography at University of Leeds looking at convenience grocery retailing from a store location analysis perspective.

Research interests

Nick’s core research interests are in the areas of retail location planning, consumer analytics, geodemographics, spatial statistics, public service analysis and planning, psephology, and more broadly, Geographical Information Science. He is currently a Research Fellow on both the Open Research Area (ORA) Sub-National Context and Radical Right Support in Europe (SCoRE) project in which his main role involves the delivery of research in the areas of GIS and Spatial Analysis and in the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics. He is currently working on papers in the following areas:

  • Retail site selection methodologies
  • Grocery consumer behaviour
  • Voting behaviour
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  • PhD, Quantitative Human Geography, University of Leeds, 2016
  • MSc Social and Spatial Inequalities, University of Sheffield, 2012
  • BA Human Geography, University of Sheffield, 2010

Student education

Nick is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Geography. Nick’s teaching covers a wide range of quantitative techniques, specialising in GIS and spatial statistics, with a particular interest in Retail and Politics.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy
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