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Oluwole Adeniyi wins CASA GISRUK Prize in Memory of Sinesio Alves Junior

2 May 2019

The CASA prize for best paper on spatial analysis was awarded in memory of Sinesio Alves Junior at GISRUK 2019

Sarah Wise & Oluwole Adeniyi

Oluwole Adeniyi was awarded the prize for his paper titled: A Comparative Analysis: Retailers’ locations and socio-economic deprivation. His paper became the overall winner from a small selection after CASA judges attended the shortlisted presentations. The paper was co-authored by Oluwole with his colleagues Paul Whysall and Abraham Brown.

He is pictured with Dr Sarah Wise, Course Director of the CASA MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics, who presented the award in Newcastle, in memory of our dear friend and colleague Sinesio Alves Junior.

Oluwole is an Early Career Researcher at Nottingham Trent University. The abstract is below and the paper can be downloaded:

Critics allege that there is a targeted concentration of alleged anti-social retailers (AASRs; i.e. betting shops, fringe banks and rent-to-own (RTO) outlets) in deprived neighbourhoods in the UK. Before the notion of targeting can be ascertained, AASRs location patterns need to be compared to those of conventional retailers. Consequently, this research aims at critically comparing the locations of AASRs to that of food and grocery retailers (FGRs). Results show that FGRs and AASRs have high presence in zones of high deprivation, but it appears that AASRs have highest likelihoods in deprived neighbourhoods, while FGRs are located in moderately deprived neighbourhoods.

CASA has presented an award for best paper on spatial analysis annually at GISRUK since 2010 in memory of Sinesio Alves Junior.

Junior, as he was affectionately known, is a much missed friend who joined CASA in 2001 as a Doctoral Researcher and member of staff.  Junior worked as a Research Fellow at CASA on projects such as the ESRC NeXSuS project led by Peter Allen from Cranfield. He later assisted the whole of CASA with his technical expertise as our systems administrator and was returning to Brazil to take a job at INPE when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Junior made a big impact on everyone he met due to his friendly and cheerful nature. He had a great sense of humour and was always smiling and we miss him very much.

It's our great pleasure to present this award annually at GISRUK in memory of Sinesio Alves Junior.


Previous winners of this prestigious GISRUK award have been:

Joseph Lewis for "The Suitability of Using Least Cost Path Analysis in the Prediction of Roman Roads in the Highland and Lowland Zones of Roman Britain" in 2018 held at the University of Leicester.

Luis Francisco Mejia Garcia for “Modelling Spatial Behaviour in Music Festivals Using Mobile Generated Data and Machine Learning” (with co-authors Guy Lansley and Ben Calnan) in 2017 held at Manchester University.

Kaisa Lahtinen for "Using Geographically Weighted Regression to Explore Spatial Variation in Survey Behaviour" in 2016 held at the University of Greenwich

Alexandros Alexiou for "The Role of Geographical Context in Building Geodemographic Classifications" in 2015 held at the University of Leeds

Sarah Wise for "Agent Based Modelling and GIS: Exploring our New Tools in a Disaster Context" in 2014 held at the University of Glasgow

Dan Olner, Alison Heppenstall and Gordon Mitchell for "Modelling  and  visualising  the  impacts  of  increasing  fuel  costs on  the UK  spatial  economy in 2013 held at the University of Liverpool

Suzanne Mavoa, Melody Oliver, Nicola Tavae and Karen Witten for “Using GIS to integrate children’s walking interview data and objectively physical activity data” in 2012 held at Lancaster University

Heshan Du, Suchith Anand, Mike Jackson, Didier Leibovici, Jeremy Morley and Glen Hart for "Geographical Information Integration from Disparate Sources" in 2011 held at Portsmouth University and

Didier Leibovici, Lucy Bastin, Suchith Anand, Jerry Swan, Gobe Hobona and Mike Jackson for "Spatially Clustered Associations in Health GIS" in 2010 held at UCL.

Some news items on previous winners can be found at the following links: