Dr Paul Norman

I am a population and health geographer working in applied demography to investigate changes in local level population related phenomena. My teaching on the MSc Geographical Information Systems (GIS) involves the learning and application of various GIS, spatial and statistical methods and helping people understand the applicability of different data sources through which to investigate particular research questions. Whilst my experience is mainly in population related areas I am increasingly drawn into the interface between societal and environmental issues such as how some sections of society are disadvantaged in terms of unequal improvements in air pollution levels.

I am not the only tutor on the MSc GIS programme who works at the University following a non-standard career path. When I left school I worked in the musical instrument business (my dad was a music teacher) but had a career change in my mid 30’s to study for a degree in Environmental Science and Geography (my mum was a geography teacher). This led to a Masters in GIS at Leeds (yes, the course I am now programme leader for) and then, and not part of any plan of mine, a PhD.

For the MSc GIS we welcome people from a variety of academic and workplace backgrounds. If you have been studying as an undergraduate in geography or related subject or if you do not have a background in geography but you have a degree that demonstrates good numeracy and/or computing skills you are encouraged to apply. Relevant work experience and training courses are viewed positively in your application to the course.

Our highly qualified and motivated students are valued by employers in the sector with many progressing to research for a PhD.

Find out more
To find out more about my research activities, the students I am supervising and some of my recent publications, visit my staff page.

If you have any specific questions about the content of the programme, please contact me via e-mail.

For any questions relating to the admissions process and/or your current application please contact our admissions team.