- Position: Research Data Analyst
- Areas of expertise: data science; public policy; GIS; big data; data visualisation
- Email: G.Breckenridge@leeds.ac.uk
- Location: Garstang Building
In his position as a Research Data Analyst in the School of Geography on the Horizon 2020 BESTMAP project, George uses data from European public authorities to improve the accuracy of agent-based modelling of the impacts of future agricultural policies at the EU scale, harnessing big data and statistical programming in Python. The BESTMAP project aims to examine the effectiveness of different potential changes to future EU Agriculture Policy on the delivery of ecosystem services, environmental preservation and socio-economic good across EU Member States, partly by simulating the likely bottom-up adoption of Agri-Environmental Schemes by farmers.
George’s research is driven by a passion for using data to inform and improve public policy decisions at regional and national scales. In a previous position as a Data Scientist Intern at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics at the University of Leeds he worked in collaboration with the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) on a 6-month project using aggregated, anonymous smartphone mobility data to assess levels of household visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, findings of which could be used to inform the strategic direction of national policy on Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs). This research has recently been published in the Open Access Nature journal Scientific Reports, as reported by national and international media. He also spent 6 months from April 2020 assisting the COVID Scientific Advisory Group at the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) in the Bradford NHS system, analysing aggregated clinical data on COVID-19 cases and first-dose vaccine uptake to inform local public health decision-makers in the NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge. He is originally from Leeds and proudly contributes to the university’s ongoing mission to use data for public good as part of impactful, engaged academic research.<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>