Conclusions and future research directions

Graham Clarke, Ann Harding

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The aim of this chapter is to review progress in spatial microsimulation as portrayed through the chapters in this book. We structure this review around four key themes which resonate throughout the book. First is the actual task of building a spatial microsimulation model – the nuts and bolts of model construction in terms of data sets required and how spatial microsimulation can add considerable value to the social sciences through data merger/integration. Second, we review progress made in terms of techniques for the creation of new spatial microdata. Third, we discuss the new contributions relating to model calibration and validation. It is these areas which have possibly developed most rapidly. Finally, we take stock of the breadth of applications given in the book in relation to both static and dynamic models. In addition to reviewing progress in these areas, we also speculate on the future research agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial microsimulation: a reference guide for users
EditorsRobert Tanton, Kimberley L Edwards
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789400746237
ISBN (Print)9789400746220
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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