Helen Durham

Helen Durham

Profile

I am a Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship) in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 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). 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.

Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader of MSc in GIS by Online Distance Learning

Research interests

Spatial distribution of Conscientious Objectors in WW1

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ReVISIONS

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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.

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Qualifications

  • MSc, Geographical Information Systems, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BSc (Joint Hons), Surveying Science and Mathematics, Newcastle University

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • Associate Fellow of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (AFRSPS)

Student education

I am a Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship) in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 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