Future Analytics

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The Organisation

Future Analytics are a dynamic SME (Small and Medium enterprise), bringing expertise in spatial planning, development and economic research and are currently involved in projects at the local and European level. They specialise in applying evidence-led analysis, combining professional knowledge and experience with that of active spatial planning practitioners.


The Challenge

The company was in need of someone who could develop energy efficiency indicators for urban areas.

Skills Sought

  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Report writing 

The Solution

Tom Keeling, a Geography student from Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), carried out his dissertation in collaboration with Irish company Future Analytics. Business development managers in LEC and University College Dublin introduced Tom to Future Analytics. The business development managers helped develop the initial scope of the project and supported Tom during his collaboration with Future Analytics.

Tom visited Future Analytics at the beginning of the project to discuss and get a better understanding of the project aims and objectives. He worked on the project remotely from the UK, then delivered the outcomes in person to Future Analytics at the end of his dissertation.


This transnational student placement was supported through KARIM.  KARIM, the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network, is a project funded by the European Union. The aim of this project was to build a network for SME’s, University partners and other 'innovation actors' across NW Europe and by so doing to help boost the competitiveness of innovative SME’s in this region.


Tom developed efficiency indicators for urban areas, looking at household-level and transport energy usage and developed a transferrable tool to compare different urban areas against each other. 


To the Company

  • Development of energy efficiency indicators for urban areas

To the Students

  • Gained an insight into a commercial business
  • Networking with stakeholders
  • Development of skills in a business environment
  • Project formed the basis of an undergraduate degree dissertation

Student Feedback

"Some of the benefits I’d say were developing contacts in industry in the career area that I would be aiming for post-graduation. I got on really well with my main contacts at Future Analytics, and was able to enjoy time with them on my trips to Dublin. I feel now that if I need advice, or contacts going forward in life I have people that I can ring, or email who can (and would want to) help me.

“Travelling for business was also a great experience to learn how to work on the go, and abroad – all of which will help me in later life. There are many unforeseen challenges of working abroad which came to light and I now have experience of managing.  

“I have also been able to talk about my placement in interviews and application forms for graduate schemes. There is always an element of intrigue from interviewers who are surprised to see that I didn’t follow the ‘normal’ dissertation pathway. I feel this has helped to make me memorable and stand out, and ultimately secure my place on the graduate scheme for Barratt Homes.” Tom Keeling, student, Lancaster Environment Centre.