Global networks / GIScience
The organization and coordination of the global space economy using GIScience
Employing geographic information systems tools and techniques and developing spatial analytical methodologies based on detailed spatially referenced data (which the WGI Institute collects and maintains), this area explores how innovation and production is coordinated through global financial flows, knowledge pipelines and supply chains.
It is here that we look more carefully at the capacity of economic actors, such as firms, to manage their supply-, demand- and customer networks across an increasingly spatially differentiated global economy.
Measuring and modelling spatial interaction and accessibility of services and goods on local, regional and global scales is central for supporting supply/demand, transportation, location/allocation and service/catchment area related planning policies, strategies and operations which need organization of huge and complex spatial data sets utilizing GI-systems and location analytics methods and techniques.
However, our research interests are not merely constrained to for profit businesses but also include non- profit and governmental organizations facing similar challenges in providing goods and services to the public.
From a spatial analytical point of view the optimization of humanitarian services and goods provision is not that different from retail services network optimization.