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Dr. Alvanides is a social geographer, with expertise in quantitative methods and Geographical Information Systems and Science. His research and teaching interests involve the analysis of large spatial data related to urban sprawl, land use change, health inequalities and active transport (walking and cycling). The substantive question driving his research is to what extent the environment (broadly defined) influences individual behaviours and outcomes and he is an advocate of open data and open source software for scientific research and dissemination.

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Editor (2020-...) E&P B: Urban Analytics & City Science (SAGE)
Editorial Board  (2018-...) Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (Springer)

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Buchstaller, I., C. Schneider, and S. Alvanides. 2023. "Towards a taxonomy of arguments for and against street renaming: Exploring the discursive embedding of street name changes in the Leipzig cityscape ." Linguistic Landscape: An international journal 9 (1): 5-35. doi:

Buchstaller, Isabelle, S. Alvanides, and Frauke Griese. 2022. "Changes in the commemorative streetscape of Leipzig over the past 100 years." Journal of Linguistic Geography 10 (2): 112-129. doi:

Wiltshire, Deborah, and S. Alvanides. 2022. "Ensuring the ethical use of big data: lessons from secure data access." Heliyon 8 (2): e08981. doi:

Lengyel, Janka, Stéphane Roux, and S. Alvanides. 2022. "Multivariate analysis of socioeconomic profiles in the Ruhr area, Germany." Journal of Maps online first. doi:

Fabiszak, M., I. Buchstaller, A.W. Brzezińska, S. Alvanides, F. Griese, and C. Schneider. 2021. "Ideology in the linguistic landscape: Towards a quantitative approach." Discourse & Society 32 (4): 405-425. doi:

Wilkins, E., A. Aravani, A. Downing, A. Drewnowski, C. Griffiths, S. Zwolinsky, M. Birkin, S. Alvanides, and M.A. Morris. 2020. "Evidence from big data in obesity research: international case studies." International Journal of Obesity 44 (5): 1028–1040.

de Kadt, J., A. van Heerden, L. Richter, and S. Alvanides. 2019. "Correlates of children’s travel to school in Johannesburg-Soweto: Evidence from the birth to twenty plus (Bt20+) study, South Africa." International Journal of Educational Development 68 56-67.

Garnica-Monroy, Ruben, and S. Alvanides. 2019. "Spatial segregation and urban form in Mexican cities ." Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 46 (7) 1347-1361.

Alvanides, S.. 2018. "Going peripatetic." Journal of Transport & Health 9 3-4.

Alvanides, S.. 2017. "Children's active transport." Journal of Transport & Health 6 3-4.

Buchstaller, Isabelle, and S. Alvanides. 2017. "Mapping the linguistic landscapes of the Marshall Islands." Journal of Linguistic Geography 5 (2): 67-85.

Dannenberg, Andrew L., Katherine Kraft, and S. Alvanides. 2017. "Tools and practices for understanding and promoting walking and walkability: Special Issue on Walking and Walkability."

Oueslati, Walid, S. Alvanides, and Guy Garrod. 2015. "Determinants of urban sprawl in European cities." Urban Studies 52 (9): 1594-1614.

Dziauddin, Mohd Faris, Neil Powe, and S. Alvanides. 2015. "Estimating the Effects of Light Rail Transit (LRT) System on Residential Property Values Using Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR)." Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy 8 (1): 1-25.

de Kadt, Julia, Shane Norris, Brahm Fleisch, Linda Richter, and S. Alvanides. 2014. "Children's daily travel to school in Johannesburg-Soweto, South Africa: geography and school choice in the Birth to Twenty cohort study." Children's Geographies 12 (2): 170-188.

Wohland, Pia, Phil Rees, Clare Gillies, S. Alvanides, Fiona Matthews, and Carol Jagger. 2014. "Drivers of inequality in disability-free expectancy at birth and age 85 across space and time in Great Britain." Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 68 (9): 826-833.

Reimers, Anne, Matthias Wagner, S. Alvanides, Andreas Steinmayr, Miriam Reiner, and Steffen Schmidt. 2014. "Proximity to Sports Facilities and Sports Participation for Adolescents in Germany." PLoS ONE 9 (3): e93059.

Pangbourne, Kate, and S. Alvanides. 2014. "Towards intelligent transport geography." Journal of Transport Geography 34 231-232.

Burgoine, Thomas, S. Alvanides, and Amelia Lake. 2013. "Creating 'obesogenic realities': do our methodological choices make a difference when measuring the food environment?" International Journal of Health Geographics 12 (33): 1-9.

Buchstaller, Isabelle, and S. Alvanides. 2013. "Employing Geographical Principles for Sampling in State of the Art Dialectological Projects." Journal of Linguistic Geography 1 (2): 96-114.

Burgoine, Thomas, S. Alvanides, and Amelia Lake. 2011. "Assessing the obesogenic environment of North East England."

Burgoine, Thomas, Amelia Lake, Elaine Stamp, S. Alvanides, and John Mathers. 2009. "Changing foodscapes 1980–2000, using the ASH30 Study." Appetite 53 (2): 157-165.

Jarvis, Helen, and S. Alvanides. 2008. "School choice from a household resource perspective: Preliminary findings from a north of England case study." Community, Work & Family 11 (4): 385-403.

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Beitrag im Sammelwerk

Buchstaller, Isabelle, and S. Alvanides. 2019. "Investigating the bilingual landscape of the Marshall Islands." edited by Martin Pütz, and Neele Mundt, doi:

Mooney, Peter, Ana-Maria Olteanu-Raimond, Guillaume Touya, Niels Juul, S. Alvanides, and Norman Kerle. 2017. "Considerations of Privacy, Ethics and Legal Issues in Volunteered Geographic Information." edited by G Foody, and et al.,

Yeboah, Godwin, and S. Alvanides. 2015. "Route Choice Analysis of Urban Cycling Behaviors Using OpenStreetMap: Evidence from a British Urban Environment." In OpenStreetMap in GIScience, edited by Jamal Jokar Arsanjani, and et al., 189-210. Springer.

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Arbeits- und Diskussionspapier

Alvanides, S., Isabelle Buchstaller, and Frauke Griese. 2021. Spatiotemporal street name changes in Eastern Germany. 29th Annual GIS Research UK Conference (GISRUK), Cardiff, Wales, UK. doi:


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Alvanides, S., and Carol Ludwig. 2022. "The Urban and Social Fabric of Nuremberg from the 1940s onwards: a Spatio-temporal Analysis." Spatial Humanities 2022 - Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Belgium, 2022-09-09. doi:


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Alvanides, S., and Amir Ghavimi. 2022. "Using the Geographical Information System QGIS for data analysis [Online workshop]."