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Research interests

I am a geographer working in field of research called geocomputation, which is concerned with the use of computational methods for processing, analysing, and visualising geographic data.

Current research interests include exploring the integration of natural language processing (NLP) and geographical information systems (GIS), and developing high-speed computing solutions for tackling complex and data-intensive geospatial analysis problems. I have recently started moving into the field of accessibility modelling, supporting colleagues in USW’s GIS Research Centre who have a strong record of delivering innovative and impactful research in this area.

Prior to re-joining USW, I spent 11 years working at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (University of Gloucestershire) where I was involved in a wide range of environmental and social science research projects – both academic and contract research/consultancy.

Details of my research outputs can be accessed here

Teaching interests

I contribute to teaching and student project supervision on USW’s MSc Computing and Information Systems and BSc Computing degree programmes. Current modules include:

Postgraduate

  • IS4S765 Big Data and Analytics
  • IS4S703 ICT Systems Development
  • IS4S706 Project Management and Research Methodology

Undergraduate

  • IS3D660 Individual Project – Informatics
  • IS3S661 Strategic IS Management

 

Experience

I have been working as an academic in higher education since starting my career as an hourly-paid lecturer in 2004 when I was a PhD student at the School of Computing, University of Glamorgan (now USW). 

Since then, I have been involved in teaching GIS and informatics subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students from a wide range of subject backgrounds, such as computing, human and physical geography, social sciences, biology, ecology, criminology, landscape architecture and urban planning. 

I am an active academic researcher who regularly engages with the latest research, journals, and publications in my areas of interest. I have been involved in producing around 50 research outputs, including publications in international journals, conference papers, book chapters, and technical/consultancy reports.

Expertise

  • Informatics
  • Geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Geocomputation
  • Geoinformatics
  • Data science
  • Cartography
  • Teaching 
  • Research
  • Student supervision
  • Tendering/bid writing
  • Project management

Skills

  • Free and open source software (FOSS) for teaching and research.
  • Desktop GIS software: now mainly QGIS and GeoDa, but have experience with many different products - ESRI, Erdas, MapInfo etc.
  • Programming languages: particularly R for reproducible research and data science. 
  • Databases: Postgres/PostGIS, SQLite, and others. 
  • 3D landscape visualisation (3D Nature Studio).

Supervision

  • PhD - 1 completion
  • Masters by research (MRES) - 4 completions

 

Education/Academic qualification

Geographical Information Systems, PhD

Geographical Information Systems , MSc

Geography, BSc (Hons)

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