I am an Associate Professor in Geographical Information Science and Education. My teaching focus is at taught postgraduate level where I deliver modules introducing students to the skills and application of Geographical Information Systems/Science. My main scholarship interests are in the pedagogy of online distance learning (ODL) and the student experience during transition and induction. I have been Programme Leader of an ODL programme in the School of Geography since 2010 and have made contributions to published works on e-learning.
My main research interests are in the application of Geographical Information Systems, in particular to Census and migration analysis as well as environmental analysis. Other areas of research are geographical harmonisation issues related to time series data and the development of innovative, cartographical representation, collaborative e-learning resources in Human Geography, GIS and the Global Positioning System.
- Programme Leader of MSc in GIS by Online Distance Learning
Spatial distribution of Conscientious Objectors in WW1
Ongoing research with University of Leeds Honorary Research Fellow, Cyril Pearce. Drawing on the Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors, this compilation of data on approximately 20,000 individuals located in their 'home' area provides an insight into the spatial distribution of dissent in wartime Britain, 1914-1918.
The aim of the ReVISIONS project was to provide the knowledge and evidence base for public agencies and private companies to plan regional spatial development together with infrastructure for transport, water, waste and energy (ranging from large capital schemes to small scale decentralised services), in a more coordinated and integrated way so as to reduce impacts on the environment and resources, improve economic competitiveness, and allow households to live more sustainably, with a socially inclusive and enhanced quality of life.
It explored the inter-relationships between infrastructure policies and plans at the regional and local scales and explored the tensions and interactions that exist across these scales, and between sectors. In doing so it explored pathways to reorient the city-region from its ‘linear’ input-use-dispose metabolism, to a more efficient circular or ‘ecological’ metabolism.
DIALOG-PLUS: Digital Libraries in the Classroom
This project combined the efforts of geographers, education specialists, and computer scientists at the University of Leeds, the University of Southampton, Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was funded jointly by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United Kingdom Joint Information System Committee (JISC) as part of their Digital Libraries in the Classroom initiative.The emphasis in this project was the development of innovative and collaborative learning material in the form of reusable digital learning nuggets.
CHCC: Developing the collection of historical and contemporary census data and materials into a major learning and teaching resource
This was a JISC-funded project which ran from 2000 until 2003.The central aim of the project was to increase use of the CHCC in learning and teaching by:
- Improving accessibility to the primary data resources
- Developing an integrated set of learning and teaching materials
- Improving awareness about the contexts in which Census data can be used in learning and teaching
- Integrating contextual materials
- Providing access to web-based data exploration/visualisation tools
- Developing resource discovery tools via a Census portal
Internal migration and population dynamics in europe
The research project “Internal migration and population change in Europe” started in 1996 under a grant provided by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. The project was extended and subsequently funded by the ESRC. The project aimed to compare inter-regional migration and population dynamics for small spatial units in 20 selected European countries. My role was to provide the cartographic expertise and analytical skills, using MapInfo and ArcInfo GIS software, for the project’s investigation into rural depopulation, the processes of urbanisation, suburbanisation and counterurbanisation and the analysis of changing migration patterns over the last decades. I was responsible for the creation and management of a population database and a cartographic database of administrative boundaries in Europe, extracting derived statistics from the database, assisting with the preparation of inputs to statistical modelling, maintaining the cartographic database and preparing all maps and cartographic analysis for the project and for publication.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- MSc, Geographical Information Systems, Manchester Metropolitan University
- BSc (Joint Hons), Surveying Science and Mathematics, Newcastle University
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
I am an Associate Professor in Geographical Information Science and Education. My teaching focus is at taught postgraduate level where I deliver modules introducing students to the skills and application of Geographical Information Systems/Science.
I have been Programme Leader for the MSc in GIS by distance learning since 2010.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy