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Quantitative Methods Research Group

About the QMRG

The Quantitative Methods Research Group is one of a number of Speciality Research Groups of the RGS-IBG. These Research and Study Groups bring together Society Fellows who are active researchers and those with a professional interest in a particular aspect of geography. The QMRG exists to promote the application of quantitative methods in Geography. It encompasses research in spatial statistics and spatial modelling as well as research on technological areas such as computing, Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing. Membership of the QMRG is open to all Fellows (including Associate Fellows) of the RGS-IBG who elect to join the Research Group. Membership of the QMRG is free of charge except for those who are already a member of two further Research Groups where an additional fee may be required. Other interested persons who are not Fellows of the RGS-IBG may join the QMRG for an additional fee as determined by the QMRG AGM. The QMRG register now totals well over 200 members.

The QMRG has an extensive history which you can read about here.

QMRG Constitution

The most current QMRG Constitution can be downloaded here.


The following represent the current QMRG committee structure; if you are interested in becoming a committee member then please drop the chair an email.

Chair: Chris Lloyd (University of Liverpool)
Secretary/ Treasurer: Scott Orford (Cardiff University)
Post Graduate Representative: Dean Riddlesden (University of Liverpool)
Ordinary Member 1: James Cheshire (University College London)
Ordinary Member 2: Karyn Morrissey  (University of Liverpool)
Ordinary Member 3: Daniel Lewis (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Web Manager and Newsletter Editor: David Manley (Bristol University)

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GIScience Research Group

The GIScRG is a group of academics and practitioners interested in promoting GIScience and GITechnology in geographical research, teaching and the workplace.

We  also support and promote e-science and the application of novel computing and spatial analysis paradigms to geographical systems, for example, agent-based modelling.

Activities include:

  • Running sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference.
  • Active participation in GISRUK, the leading academic GIS conference in the UK.
  • Developing and maintaining international links, e.g.  participation and sponsorship of sessions at the American Association of Geographers Annual Conference.
  • Working with companies such as ESRI (UK) to promote the use of GIS.
  • Working with the Association of Geographic Information (AGI) to promote links with  GIS practitioners and Chartered Geographers.
  • Promoting and supporting the use of GIS within schools.
  • Production of journal special issues on exciting new research (e.g. the 2009 RGS-IBG Annual Conference produced a special issue of the Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy journal).
  • Working closely with other GIScience forums such as AGILE.


The following represent the current GIScRG committee structure; if you are interested in becoming a committee member then please drop the chair an email.

Quantitative Geography as a Profession

The following case studies demonstrate:

  1. the widespread use of quantitative methods and GIS in the workplace and
  2. how quantitative skills can be employed to produce excellent student work across the discipline.

Case Studies…

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