Rich Harris, FAcSS, is Professor of Quantitative Social Geography at the University of Bristol where he was founding director of the University of Bristol’s ESRC/Nuffield Foundation/HEFCE funded Q-Step Centre for undergraduate, quantitative social science. Currently he is a member of the REF sub-panel for geography and environmental studies and Director of the ESRC’s South West Doctoral Training Partnership. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Rich's early research looked at the application of spatial statistics, geographic information science, and geodemographics in marketing, public policy and urban geography, all examples of what are now described as geographic data science.
His more recent work has been in urban analytics and cartographic geovisualisation of administrative datasets, focusing on developing and applying innovative computational methods to analyse the geographies of COVID-19, to measure and to visualise spatial scales of social and ethnic segregation, and to study choice and markets in educational systems; and in supporting quantitative and statistical literacy amongst geographers and undergraduate and postgraduate social scientists.