Mission statement

“To provide professional, high-quality and added-value GIS and data analysis consultancy services to our diverse range of clients that effectively meets their needs.”

Who we are

geocreate is a dynamic team headed by Gill Harper. She has a BA in Geography and a Masters (distinction) in Geographic Information Science from University College London Department of Geomatic Engineering. Interest in using administrative data to model local conditions was initiated by working as a GIS Analyst in a London local authority and further developed through her Masters thesis and subsequent specialisation over ten years in linking local administrative data sets to count and profile local populations. Gill carried out research on this topic as an UPTAP Research Fellow at Cass Business School and has published two peer reviewed papers on the methodology and applications. Gill has also worked as a lecturer and tutor on the MSc GIS online course for ‘Neighbourhood Analysis’ at the Department of Geography, Birkbeck College, and as a researcher providing all aspects of geographical support for the 7-year £20million National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) project. To date, Gill is a key contributor to the nkm (Neighbourhood Knowldge Management) operations.

Professional membership and awards

  • Chartered Geographer
  • Fellow of Royal Geographical Society
  • Member of British Cartographic Society
  • Member of Association for Geographic Information
  • LARIA Excellence in Research Commendation 2011
  • UCL Department of Geomatic Engineering Best Dissertation of the Year for 'Using Surfaces to Inform Local Policy - Modelling Deprivation in Brent' 2002
  • RICS award for achievement in GIS 2002

Publications and presentations

Papers: Reports: Book chapters:
  • Frost, M and Harper, G. The Challenge of Profiling Communities. In Belsky, J., Barnes, J. & Melhuish, E.C. (Editors) (2007) The National Evaluation of Sure Start: Does area-based early intervention work?  Bristol: The Policy Press pp 45-61
  • Harper, G 'Exploiting administrative data in the UK as an alternative to the Census', Population Geography in a Post-Census World, 32nd International Geography Congress, 30th August 2012, University of Cologne
  • Harper, G 'Using Administrative Data for Local Purposes in Great Britain', Life After the Census: Using Administrative Data to Analyse Society, 9th May 2012 University of Ulster. The Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study Research Forum
  • Harper, G and Mayhew, L 'Using Administrative Data to Count Local Populations and Profile Households', British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, 8th September 2011, University of York
  • Harper, G and Mayhew, L 'Using Administrative Data to Estimate Population Size and Structure', LARIA (Local Area Research and Intelligence Association) Annual Conference - Doing More With Less, 4th April 2011, University of York