Consumer Data Research Centre

Archive for April 2016

CDRC School Event: Profiling Neighbourhoods and Understanding Consumer Habits

25 April 2016 - 3:36pm

We welcomed students from Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy to the Centre for a workshop on Consumer Data last week.  The session, which was voluntary, was attended by students from various disciplines including Geography, Psychology, Maths and Law. The workshop started with a short lecture from CDRC’s Andy Newing on Big Data and the work […]

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Do only affluent consumers buy green-labelled products?

25 April 2016 - 10:10am

The current evidence on consumer buying behaviour and sustainability issues relies on attitudinal, self-reported or national sales data. This is often not close enough to real behaviour nor helpful at a company level.

With access to sales and demographic data, we are now seeing the detail at a geographical, product or consumer type level that can only help decision making. But this can only be done through exciting collaborations across sectors.

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Work with us! Recruiting now for a Research Assistant…

22 April 2016 - 9:19am

Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate – Data Science Grade 6/7 Location: University of Liverpool, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography and Planning You will provide research/data science support for the University of Liverpool node of the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre. You will be involved in a range of research/project […]

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CDRC host LondonR for R enthusiasts

15 April 2016 - 12:44pm

On 5 April 2016 the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) along with Mango Solutions, hosted ‘LondonR’, the UK’s premier meetup group for users of the R statistical programming language. This free event runs quarterly at the University College London, with a series of workshops and presentations followed by an evening of networking at the in-house bar. The event kicked […]

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Leeds Digital Festival 2016

08 April 2016 - 10:46am

The Leeds Digital Festival is a multi-venue, city-wide festival celebrating digital culture in all its forms, which will take place throughout the city from Monday 25th to Friday 29th April 2016.  The CDRC will be hosting, speaking and taking part in a number of events over the course of the week. Monday 25 April Sustainability […]

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Is the environment conspiring against us to make us fat?

07 April 2016 - 9:23am

Overweight and Obesity are a huge problem worldwide. The cost to the UK NHS is £5.1 billion annually with £11.5 billion annual cost to wider society. This does not account for the significantly reduced health related quality of life for overweight or obese individuals. Overweight and obesity are also closely associated with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, which place further burden on individuals and society. It is a serious situation and one which is not going away quickly.

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How useful is Big Data in the fight against Obesity?

06 April 2016 - 1:19pm

International experts came together in Cambridge just before Easter to explore how Big Data can be used to tackle obesity and obesity related diseases.  The audience of 60 consisted of academic and non-academic experts, with wide ranging interests including big data, nutrition, health and geography. The second of four meetings, this meeting focused on Data, Methods […]

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