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Using business rates data in a GIS to examine retail change in Swansea. / ,

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This thesis straddles the fields of retail geography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Retailing has undergone an intense intra-urban spatial transformation during the last few decades. The majority of the previous research monitoring this transformation uses qualitative methods, and there...

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Published: 2006
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa42369
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Abstract: This thesis straddles the fields of retail geography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Retailing has undergone an intense intra-urban spatial transformation during the last few decades. The majority of the previous research monitoring this transformation uses qualitative methods, and there is consequently little quantitative research examining the spatial shifts of retail activity using a GIS. To compensate for this lack of quantitative analysis, this research focuses on the methodology of developing a means of monitoring retail change through existing datasets. Through the combined use of business rates data and Ordnance Survey postcode data, changes in the spatial location of retail outlets between the years 1990 and 2000 are recorded, monitored and presented visually through a range of thematic maps. This allows the examination of spatial retail activity at the intra-urban scale as well as an assessment of the extent to which patterns of decentralisation, agglomeration and dispersal are occurring within the study area. To assess both the usefulness and effectiveness of this methodology as an alternative means to monitoring retail change, the study then examines the research findings against recognized patterns of change highlighted in the existing literature and through evidence provided by key informants in various associated fields. It is concluded that GIS is an efficient tool for monitoring and exploring changes in commercial spatial activity, and Business Rates data may be used as an effective tool for monitoring changes in retail location.
Keywords: Geography.;Management.
College: College of Science