Geodemographics and public service delivery: a case study of vulnerable road users

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Applications of geodemographics to public service delivery have been prolific in the UK in recent years. This paper seeks to firstly review how geodemographics has been integrated into the public agenda by providing a brief review of geodemographics in the UK and international arena. Increasingly academics and researchers alike place a great deal of emphasis on the use of a predominantly private sector marketing tool for determining public agenda. It attempts to explain the policy shift in which the use of geodemographics has integrated the public service sphere and gives a critical appraisal of these trends. The second part of the paper focuses on a case study of road collisions in London and how the use of geodemographics can assist to identify vulnerable road users, and therefore potentially policy development in this area. The nature of this case study also explores the theme of risk and geodemographics, specifically applied to, in the context of road collisions, but also its use in crime and health applications of geodemographics. By questioning the quantification of risk in this nature and how this can be effectively applied to public service agenda, this paper aims to critically appraise geodemographics, using empirical evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventAmerican Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2007 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 17 Apr 200721 Apr 2007


ConferenceAmerican Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


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