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Spatial Microsimulation for Rural Policy Analysis

  • Cathal O'Donoghue
  • Dimitris Ballas
  • Graham Clarke
  • Stephen Hynes
  • Karyn Morrissey

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Dimitris Ballas, Graham Clarke, Stephen Hynes, Karyn Morrissey, Cathal O’Donoghue
    Pages 1-10
  3. Dimitris Ballas, Graham Clarke, Stephen Hynes, John Lennon, Karyn Morrissey, Cathal O’Donoghue
    Pages 35-54
  4. Cathal O’Donoghue, Niall Farell, Karyn Morrissey, John Lennon, Dimitris Ballas, Graham Clarke et al.
    Pages 55-86
  5. Karyn Morrissey, Cathal O’Donoghue
    Pages 87-102
  6. Stephen Hynes, Karyn Morrissey, Cathal O’Donoghue, Graham Clarke
    Pages 103-122
  7. Stephen Hynes, Niall Farrelly, Eithne Murphy, Cathal O’Donoghue
    Pages 123-141
  8. Stephen Hynes, Karyn Morrissey, Cathal O’Donoghue
    Pages 143-157
  9. Daragh Clancy, James Breen, Karyn Morrissey, Cathal O’Donoghue, Fiona Thorne
    Pages 159-175
  10. Cathal O’Donoghue
    Pages 177-191
  11. Cathal O’Donoghue, Karyn Morrissey, Philip Hayes, Jason Loughrey, Joanne Banks, Stephen Hynes
    Pages 193-211
  12. Karyn Morrissey, Dimitris Ballas, Graham Clarke, Stephen Hynes, Cathal O’Donoghue
    Pages 213-230
  13. John Cullinan, Stephen Hynes, Cathal O’Donoghue
    Pages 231-254
  14. Cathal O’Donoghue, Dimitris Ballas, Graham Clarke, Stephen Hynes, John Lennon, Karyn Morrissey
    Pages 255-264

About this book


The aim of this book is to explore the challenges facing rural communities and economies and to demonstrate the potential of spatial microsimulation for policy and analysis in a rural context.
This is done by providing a comprehensive overview of a particular spatial microsimulation model called SMILE (Simulation Model of the Irish Local Economy). The model has been developed over a ten year period for applied policy analyis in Ireland which is seen as an ideal study area given its large percentage of population living in rural areas.
The book reviews the policy context and the state of the art in spatial microsimulation against which SMILE was developed, describes in detail its model design and calibration, and presents example of outputs showing what new information the model provides using a spatial matching process.
The second part of the book explores a series of rural issues or problems, including the impacts of new or changing government or EU policies, and examines the contribution that spatial microsimulation can provide in each area.


Environment Farm Viability Rural Policy Spatial Microsimulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Cathal O'Donoghue
    • 1
  • Dimitris Ballas
    • 2
  • Graham Clarke
    • 3
  • Stephen Hynes
    • 4
  • Karyn Morrissey
    • 5
  1. 1., Rural Economy Research CentreTeagascAthenryIreland
  2. 2., Department of GeographySheffield UniversitySheffieldUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of GeographyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  4. 4., Socio-Economic Marine Research UnitNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland
  5. 5.School of Envrionmental SciencesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Cathal O'Donoghue is Head of the Rural Economy Research Centre. He has studied at UCC, UCD, Oxford and the London School of Economics, taking degrees in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Social Policy. Prior to joining RERC Cathal spent a number of years at the Department of Economics at NUI Galway, Ireland. His research is mainly in the area of applied public economics, focusing on the impact of household sector, tax and social policy on poverty, inequality, work incentives and environmental pollution. In addition, this work has extended into labour economics, economic demography and environmental economics.

Dimitris Ballas is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield and Deputy Director of the University of Sheffield research Centre for Health and Well-being in Public Policy (CWiPP). He is an economist by training (1996, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece) and also has a Master of Arts (with distinction) in Geographical Information Systems (1997, University of Leeds, UK) and a PhD in Geography (2001, University of Leeds, UK). He has extensive experience and expertise in the use of Geonformatics and GIS in the Social Sciences. His current research interests include economic geography, social and spatial inequalities, social justice, exploring geographies of happiness and well-being and socio-economic applications of GIS. He is the lead author of the book Geography matters: simulating the impacts of national social policies and a co-author of the books Post-Suburban Europe: Planning and Politics at the Margins of Europe's Capital Cities and Poverty, wealth and place in Britain, 1968 to 2005. He has also published his research widely in peer-reviewed international academic journals, peer-reviewed edited book chapters and conference papers.

Graham Clarke is Professor of Business Geography at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. He has worked extensively in GIS and applied spatial modelling, focusing on many applications within urban/social geography. A major research interest is spatial microsimulation, a technique for estimating ‘missing data’ and producing detailed household data sets for use in a wealth of social science simulations. The second major research area has been retail geography. Graham has been involved with strategic planning and management within the School of Geography, most notably as Head of School 1998-2001. Between 2003 and 2011 he was appointed Executive Director of the Regional Science Association International.

Stephen Hynes is a Senior Researcher and Head of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has previously worked as an environmental economist in the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc and as a lecturer in Economics in the Department of Economics, NUI Galway. He has a B.Com., a M. Econ. Sc. and a Ph.D. (Economics) from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Ph.D. (Environmental Economic) from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Stephen’s main research interest is in microeconomic behaviour analysis, related to marine/natural resource/environmental and rural development policy and his work has been published by a number of the top ranked journals in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics.

Karyn Morrissey is a lecturer in human geography in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool. Her PhD entitled ‘Access to Health Care Services in Rural Ireland’ is from the School of Geography, University of Leeds. An economist (B.A. Economics and Sociology and Politics, National University of Ireland, Galway and MA in Economics and Social Policy and Planning, National University of Ireland, Galway) she specializes in computational methods, particularly spatial microsimulation and small area level analysis. Her current research focuses on health and health service provision, regional development, natural resource evaluation and cluster development.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Spatial Microsimulation for Rural Policy Analysis
  • Editors Cathal O'Donoghue
    Dimitris Ballas
    Graham Clarke
    Stephen Hynes
    Karyn Morrissey
  • Series Title Advances in Spatial Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances in Spatial Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-30025-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-44736-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-30026-4
  • Series ISSN 1430-9602
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 264
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Regional/Spatial Science
    Economic Geography
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