I have been working in the Office for National Statistics (ONS) since 1997.

March 2019 - ONS Geography, Spatial Analyst and Cartographic Supervisor

January 2016 - March 2019 - ONS Geography, Head of GIS and Mapping Unit

March 2013 - December 2015  - ONS Geography, GIS Research and spatial analysis.

June 2009 - March 2013           Data Visualisation Centre, design and creation of static and interactive maps and graphics for the Web.

June 2004-June 2009                Spatial Analysis Centre, GIS and spatial analysis, data acquisition and linkage, thematic mapping.

December 1997-June 2004       Small Area Estimation Centre, data handling, GIS, thematic mapping.

Publications, public presentations


34.       Mitchell, Bruce: “A GIS MODEL FOR SOUTHERN HAMPSHIRE: Based on Lawton principles, protected landscapes and light pollution”For Campaign to Protect Rural England. (2018)

33.       Mitchell, Bruce: “I Have Slipped the Surly Bonds of Earth … Master Pilot: Stanley Roland Chambers, 21st November 1916 – 20th May 2018” Winchester Bookbinders (2018)

32.       Mitchell, B.: A New Take on Equal Area Cartograms: the tyranny of large areas and the choropleth map (2017).

31.       Mitchell, B.: The UK Referendum on Membership of the European Union”.  Webpage and web mapping application, (2016)

30.       Mitchell, B.: Banat and Bacska Project, 2013-14. (20132014)


ONS Geography

29.       Mitchell, B., Tzelepis, George, Office for National Statistics: “Automated equal area cartograms - algorithm-led generation of equal area cartograms for anywhere, any period and any scale” 23rd GSS Methodology Symposium, London (2018).

28.       Mitchell, B., Tzelepis, George, Office for National Statistics: “Automated equal area cartograms - algorithm-led generation of equal area cartograms for anywhere, any period and any scale” GISRUK, Leicester (2018).

27.       Mitchell, Bruce; Brocklehurst, Jeremy; Harris, Anna; Office for National Statistics: “The Methodology of Maps”. 22nd GSS Methodology Symposium, London (2017).

26.       Mitchell, Bruce; Office for National Statistics: “Mapping Migration”.  21st GSS Methodology Symposium, London (2016).

25. “Better Statistics for English Civil Parishes: Investigating alternatives to ‘best-fitting” (2016).

24.   Mitchell, B.; Office for National Statistics: “Census estimates for English parishes: Alternatives to “best-fitting”. Geography Services User Forum, London (2016)

23.   Mitchell, B.; Office for National Statistics: “Better Census statistics for Civil Parishes – When “best-fitting” just isn’t good enough 20th GSS Methodology Symposium, London (2015).

22.   Mitchell, B.; Office for National Statistics:Census statistics for Civil Parishes - When “best-fitting” just isn’t good enough”. GISRUK conference, Leeds (2015).

21.   Mitchell, B.; Office for National Statistics: Using Research to Inform Geographic Policy - Best-fitting from Output Areas to Higher Geographies” 19th GSS Methodology Symposium, London (2014).

20.   Mitchell, B.; Office for National Statistics:  Workplace Zones: A new geography for workplace statistics (2014)

 Birkbeck College, University of London

19. Mitchell,Bruce; Barros, Joana; Wendel, Daniel: “Identifying Dutch elm disease ‘danger-spots’ on the Isle of Man with an agent-based model”. GISRUK Conference, London (2010). Conference Proceedings (pp.299-310) Original colour version (colour version).

18.Mitchell, Bruce; Markovic, Dejan; Rotheray, Dennis; Measho, Simon; Barros, Joana: “Dutch elm disease on the Isle of Man: identifying ‘danger-spots’ with an agent-based model” - PaperPoster. Geocomputation Conference, Sydney (2009).

ONS Data Visualisation Centre (Original Adobe Flash templates by Alan Smith OBE)

Office for National Statistics, UK

17.   Interactive maps, graphs and population pyramids (archived) for ONS Data Visualisation Centre


For Biroul National de Statistica al Republicii Moldova

16.   “Vital Statistic Rates by Municipality and District, 2003-10” English  Romanian  Russian

15.  “Population density and resident population count by Municipality and District, 2005 -2012”  English  Romanian  Russian

14.  “Household Amenities by Statistical Zone, 2006 – 2011” English Romanian Russian

13.  “Distribution of population by economic activity by Statistical Zone, 2007 – 2011” English Romanian Russian

12.  “Unemployment rate by age group, 2000-2011” - English  Romanian  Russian

11.  “Migration by Age Group” - English Romanian Russian

10.  “Age Structure of Population 1980-2011” - English Romanian Russian


For Statistics Malta

9. Age Structure of Malta and Gozo, 1986-2050 [Adobe Flash] – “Population Pyramid of Malta and Gozo


ONS Spatial Analysis Centre

8.   ONS Methodology. Mitchell, B. (2009): LISA Cluster Analysis on the IMD (2007) North East England GOR (unpublished).

7.   National Statistics Methodology Series No. 35: Carrington, A.; Heady, P.; Ralphs, M.; Rahman, N.; Mitchell, B., (NSMS35, July 2007): Smoothing of standardised mortality ratios – a preliminary investigation”.

6.   ONS Methodology Report SAC010: Carrington, A.; Heady, P.; Ralphs, M.; Rahman, N.; Mitchell, B. (2007): Smoothing SMRs: theoretical basis and preliminary results for some simple smoothing techniques”.

5.   ONS Methodology Report SAC008: Mitchell, B.J.W.; Ralphs, M.P.: Developing maintenance rules for neighbourhood statistics output geographies” (2007).

4.   ONS Methodology Report SAC007: Ralphs, M.P.; Mitchell, B.J.W.: “Maintenance requirements for super output area geographies: modelling changes from 2001 – 2006” (2006).

3.   ONS Methodology Report SAC006: Ralphs, M.P.; Mitchell, B.J.W.; Heady, P.; Carrington, A.: “Evaluating the Super Output Area Geography: An exploration of statistical success and the impact of change over time” (2005).

2.   ONS Methodology Report SAC003: Ralphs, M.P.; Mitchell, B.J.W.: “Disclosure control effects on data recasting” (2004).


School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London:

1.   Mitchell, Bruce; Bartlett, Roger: State-sponsored immigration into Eastern Europe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries”;  Chapter 5 in “The German Lands and Eastern Europe: Essays on the History of their Social, Cultural and Political Relations (Studies in Russia and East Europe)”. Schönwälder, Karen  (Editor),  Bartlett, Roger (Series Editor),  Palgrave Macmillan; (1999)  Available from