Fire incidence in metropolitan areas: A comparative study of Brisbane (Australia) and Cardiff (United Kingdom)

Corcoran, Jonathan, Higgs, Gary, & Higginson, Angela (2011) Fire incidence in metropolitan areas: A comparative study of Brisbane (Australia) and Cardiff (United Kingdom). Applied Geography, 31(1), pp. 65-75.

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Abstract

In our previous research we applied spatial statistics and regression analysis to explore the relationships between the types of socio-economic factors that are associated with different fire incident types for an area of South Wales, UK. In this paper, we extend this analysis by using a comparative approach applying regression analysis to examine intra-urban trends in fire incidence using the case studies of Brisbane (Australia) and Cardiff (United Kingdom). Whilst drawing attention to the problems faced by researchers using spatial data in comparative contexts, this has revealed some important similarities and differences in associations, for example in relation to the residential patterns of the two cities which is reflective of their respective wider urban geography. We conclude by demonstrating the differences in trends between Cardiff and Brisbane and by highlighting outcomes from this research that are of relevance to policy makers in urban contexts. The latter could include for example those charged with identifying high risk communities, designing possible intervention strategies such as safety campaigns or with implementing educational programmes.

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ID Code: 95902
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Fire incidence, Socio-economic factors, GIS, Risk analysis, Cardiff, Brisbane
DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2010.02.003
ISSN: 0143-6228
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2016 23:59
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 01:26

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