Rachel Oldroyd

Rachel Oldroyd


Rachel is a quantitative human geographer based in the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP). She teaches across a range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules primarily: applied GIS, health geography, web-based GIS and programming for geographers. Rachel's research interests include spatial data analytics for food safety, applied GIS and mapping health outcomes. Rachel is undertaking a part time PhD in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) this project forms part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Big Data and Food Safety Network, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

Present Positions

  • November 2016 -  present. Teaching Fellow, School of Geography, University of Leeds. 
  • October 2015 - present. PGR Student, Consumer Data Research Centre, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds.

Employment History

  • 2013 - 2016. GIS Teaching Assistant, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • 2012 - 2013. Geomatics Recruitment and Outreach Officer. School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. Newcastle University
  • 2011 - 2012. Project Assistant and Data Annotator. The Culture Lab, Newcastle University.
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  • University of Leeds Teaching Award, University of Leeds
  • MSc, Computer Science, Newcastle University
  • BSc (Hons.) Geographical Information Science, Newcastle University

Professional memberships

  • Higher Education Academy (Associate Fellow)
  • Science Technology Engineering and Maths Network (Ambassador)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy