WDSS: North-South Divide Project

North-South Divide Project

  • WDSS
  • Coventry, UK (Remote)
  • Temporary

Take part in this Summer Research Project ran by WDSS, building essential team-working experience and supercharging your CV with real-world experience. More details about the Summer Research Projects scheme can be found on our info website.

The final product will be published on WDSS's research blog.

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Project Overview

Where to draw the line between the Northern and Southern parts of the UK? In this project you will explore different socio-economic factors that characterise different parts of the country and try to come up with an objective boundary between the north and south.


  • Understand the north-south divide in England by comparing economic, social and environmental factors
  • Use these divides to potentially come up with an objective boundary between the north and south
  • This might best be presented as an interactive web app (amazing related visualisation of Germany

Role Responsibilities

Social Science / Economics Expert
  • Guide the data collection process and propose the factors to be investigated
  • Support the data scientist with the domain expertise during the exploratory data analysis process
  • Contribute to the relevant sections of the final write-up
Data Scientist
  • Collect the data about the socio-economic and environmental factors in different parts of the UK
  • Perfofrm data cleaning and exploratory data analysis
  • Create the interactive visualisation as easily acessbile web-app
  • Contribute to the relevant sections of the final write-up

Candidate Attributes

  • A passion for the project and, preferably, interdisciplinary data science in general
  • Self-starting attitude with willingness to research and problem-solve independently
  • Ability to work well in a team and clearly communicate your ideas
  • Strong time-management and organisational skills.
  • For the role of the Data Scientist intermediate Python or R skills are desired

How to Apply

  • Use the application button on this page to fill in the form where you should attach your CV and any other sources you think are relevant for the role (e.g. GitHub profile for a coding role) as well as answering two further questions in which you should demonstrate your motivation and suitbility for the project.
  • Results to be announced by the end of term 3 (Saturday 3 July 2021)
  • You can apply for more than one project

Job Overview

  • Location : Coventry, UK (Remote)
  • Start date : 05 July 2021
  • Application start : 15 May 2021
  • Application end : 25 June 2021

You can find the full application details in the job listing.

About WDSS

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