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The ONS site has become increasingly complex to use, but none the less is an excellent resource.  Search by area or postcode; also downloadable dataset to use on a range of topics and resolutions www.statistics.gov.uk.  Also see their ‘sustainable indicators’ publication

CCG Online GIS Atlas – is an interactive web based visualization tool giving access to 88 key census variables from 1971 -2001.  It aims to deliver a simple mechanism for mapping statistics from GB census – information is displayed as a cartogram.  http://www.ccg.leeds.ac.uk/teaching/chcc/index.html

Put in your postcode to find out what your area is like.  Good indicators such as demographics, crime figures and property. www.upmystreet.co.uk

Providing access to Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive.  Maps are generally 1900.  Copy and paste. www.old-maps.co.uk

The OS website – our link takes you direct to the ‘get a map’ section where you can download any 1:50000 or 1:25000 map extract for the UK (“Get a Map” function).  Very useful in coursework – try important / inserting into MS Word www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Online maps for everywhere.  Change scales and also view by air photo. www.multimap.co.uk

Go to Google Local Home

http://maps.google.co.uk/ Google Local also provides maps.  Can select particular items to search for, e.g. “Indian restaurant restaurants in SY1”.  Clever stuff!

http://local.live.com/  this website allows you to get maps and air photos at high resolution for locations in UK.  Use postcode search.  Better resolution than G. Earth for rural locations.  An experimental site www.flashearth.com brings together Google Local and Windows local.  Clever stuff.

Draw pictures and label things on a Google map using simple clicks and drags. Easily move the map to anywhere in the world.  www.quikmaps.com  The user-friendly nature of the site makes it ideal for students to create maps of their local or personal geographies and fieldwork activities.

Flash Earth www.flashearth.com lets you select the best resolution air photo / satellite image from a range of sources.  This is good for detail in rural areas.

Go to Google Earth Home

http://earth.google.com  - A visually stunning 3D interface on the planet.  Download the 11MB programme (for free) and watch it go.  You will need a fast internet connection.  Interesting overlays can be found at http://www.googleearthhacks.com  , e.g. live weather feeds, earthquakes etc

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Valuation Agency site.  Get council tax and business rates for any property in the England and Wales. www.voa.gov.uk Good for CBD studies or generating key Qs / hypothesis (link with bid rent)

Check out residents of any UK postcode based on Census data. Credit ratings, affluence, social grades, house prices and types, crime rates, health, ethnic mix. Confidential, instant and no purchase or registration required.  Good for quality of life surveys.

http://www.xist.org.  GeoHive - Global Statistics is a collection of tables and graphs providing a statistical look at countries, their population, area, capital, main cities, etc

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Wikipedia is probably the best online encyclopaedia.  Good level of depth and detail with contributions from a range of people.  Watch the bias.

http://www.unaids.org/en/ is a leading site on the facts and figures surrounding the disease.  Some excellent publications which are downloadable for free.

http://www.un.org/esa/  The UN Economic and Social Development pages provide links to a variety of quality UN sites, e.g. Millennium Development Goals,  Human Development Report etc.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a very useful resource, including the excellent ‘State of World Population’ annual report – just click the link for a free online version.  There is also information relating to hazards and a special NUFPA site for Europe. Find it at http://www.unfpa.org/

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) http://www.unep.org/ has a host of useful resources and publications.  Also find out about the UNEP remit which is large!

http://www.unhabitat.org/categories.asp?catid=33  The UN-Habitat site promotes a number of interesting themes, including sustainable cities and urban management.  Lots of very detailed information on this site

DailyEarth is the "Global Newspaper Directory" organized by U.S and country list. Strong on US pares, but also good for global links.   Find it at http://www.dailyearth.com/  An alternative site is http://www.allnewspapers.com/index.html which has an easy to use map facility.

http://www.worldbank.org/ has a number of interesting publications and articles, including pandemics, poverty, debt relief etc.


www.panda.org is the WWF website. Has a range of quality articles and publications related to environmental issues and threats.

http://www.migrationwatchuk.org  an independent think tank which deals with range of matter relating to migration. There are a range of excellent downloadable documents – see ‘Briefing Papers section’


MORI (http://www.mori.com ) have some excellent social publications for download; also some free high quality PowerPoints – see especially their QoL work

http://www.prb.org/ home to the ‘Population Reference Bureau’.  Information on population linked to social, political, economic and environmental issues.  Very established organisation.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org ).  A wealth of high quality downloadable research publications, especially related to environment and biodiversity

http://ucatlas.ucsc.edu/index.php  The UC Atlas of Global Inequality is an excellent resource on glbala inequality.

The World Conservation Union is the world’s largest and most important conservation network.  The priority of the Union’s current Programme (2005–2008) is to build recognition of the many ways in which human lives and livelihoods, especially of the poor, depend on the sustainable management of natural resources.  Website is http://www.iucn.org/

http://www.iied.org/HS/about.html The International Institute for Environment and Development has some useful information about the problems of a rapidly expanding urban population along with articles relating to natural resources, climate change and governance etc.

The World Factbook

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html is the CIA World Factbook.  Use as a quick look-up table for countries round the world.

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We bring together the latest news and views from over 1,600 organizations promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty worldwide.  http://www.oneworld.net/

http://www.census.gov/ The US Census Bureau is an incredibly rich seam of information.  Includes some hazards information also.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (www.cpre.org.uk)  is a rich source of countryside vs town publications.  In particular see offerings on urban sprawl and traffic congestion (both towns and countryside).  Another excellence source of ‘countryside’ related material is the Natural England website http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/

An excellent site from Farm Africa, including interesting downloadable case studies which describe successes and failures - http://www.farmafrica.org.uk/ .  Go to the resources section.

http://www.nfuonline.com/   is home to the National Farmers Union. This represents farmers and growers in England and Wales. The ‘Library’ section has some useful free downloads, e.g. TB and cattle.

Some truly excellent PowerPoints to download on human development, income, poverty, quality of life etc – all from Gapmider.   Also available as pdf files.  http://www.gapminder.org/

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2006/full_list/ From Fortune, a full list (in rank order) of the largest 500 global companies.  Each company has a link. How many can you get in the top 10?

Have a look at a real global brand – the Ford website.  Useful information on production facilities and branch plant activity etc.  Also look at how many brands and activities come under the Ford umbrella http://www.ford.com/en/default.htm  

http://www.airbus.com/en/ The Airbus website has a good interactive map showing details of the companies activities, including production plants etc. Topical company at present with the troubled EADS vs BAE Systems and A380 production difficulties.

http://www.staruk.org.uk/ STAR has statistics on tourism and research for the UK.  Get facts by country, region and topic. 

http://www.world-tourism.org/ The World Tourism Organization is a very large website, but has useful resources and links.  For example under ‘Programs’, see the ethics in tourism section.


Globalissues.org is a website which addresses an enormous number of global issues, including economic, social and political.  Just look out for indicators of bias in some of the writing as all the work is complied by the same author!  Nevertheless some interesting gear. http://www.globalissues.org/

Another website along a similar theme, http://www.global-issues.net/ has some good ’60 second tours’ of many geography themes, e.g. population, energy, governance. There are also PDFs that can be downloaded, but these require registration.

http://www.wdm.org.uk/ The World Development Movement highlights issues relating to global equity and justice.  Some interesting resources to be found, including videos.

The New Economics Foundation has detailed articles and resources related to a range of themes.  NEF says that it is “nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being”.  The people who developed ‘Clone Towns’.  http://www.neweconomics.org/

Use this site to find out more about fair trade – in particular look at the research reports which are freely available from the site.  http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

http://www.freetrade.org/issues/globalization.html The Cato Institute puts forward some interesting ideas regarding the benefits of free trade and globalisation.  Very detailed, but heavy duty.

The Department for International Development (DFID) s the part of the UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty. http://www.dfid.gov.uk/

Charity.net (http://www.charitynet.org/ ) acts as a portal to other charity websites.  There is also a good search facility through the site.

USAID is sophisticated site which champions US aid abroad. Best search is by country or region.  Find at http://www.usaid.gov/

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