Patrick Weber

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Awarded VEIV EngD

My research builds upon a previous project in collaboration with the foreign direct investment promotion agency Think London, where I developed a Geographical Information System for the agency. Through the EngD I will continue this collaboration and develop more advanced analysis and visualisation tools for the promotion of inward investment in London.

The development of a set of tools for exploratory data analysis and decision support will enable Think London to visualise a wide set of spatial variables, analyse relations between these factors and develop innovative analytical visualisations of economic variables to build a better understanding of the relative attractiveness of different London neighbourhoods for business clusters. This Spatial Decision Support System will help potential investors to make more informed location choices and help stakeholders gain a better understanding of the competitiveness of London.


Patrick Weber and Dave Chapman; 2011; Location Intelligence: An Innovative Approach to Business Location Decision-making; Transactions in GIS, Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 309–328, July 2011

Patrick Weber and Dave Chapman; 2011; A Geo-Business Classification For London; Transactions in GIS, Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 309–328, July 2011, Wiley, London.

Patrick Weber and Dave Chapman; 2009; Investing in Geography: A GIS To Support Inward Investment; Computers, Environment and Urban Systems Volume 33, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 1-14

Patrick Weber and Mordechai Muki Haklay; 2008; OpenStreetMap: User-Generated Street Maps; IEEE Pervasive Computing, October-December 2008, Pages 12-18, ISSN: 1536-1268

Marc Hardwick, Dave Chapman and Patrick Weber; 2006; 'London Calling' - A Spatial Decision Support System For Inward Investors; 'Suarez, J and Markus, B, (eds.) 9th AGILE conference on Geographic Infomation Science - conference proceedings. (pp. 239 - 246). College of Geoinformatics, University of West Hungary: Szekesfehervar, Hungary

Dave Chapman, Elena Besussi, and Patrick Weber; 2005; Assessing The Geographic Dimensions Of London’s Innovative Networks; Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL

Primary Supervisor: David Chapman

Industry Sponsor: ThinkLondon

GIS modelling for company location decisions