Qualifications and education:
2004 Ph.D in Geography, University of Leeds
1996 M.Sc. Geographic Information Systems, University of Leicester
1994 B.Eng. Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham
2004-: School of Geography, University of Leeds.
I am a researcher on the
DIALOG-PLUS project, along with Professor Phil Rees,
Helen Durham, Louise Mackay, Jon Maber and
Professor Andrew Booth. Amongst other things, my responsibilities are:
- Testing methods to allow secure inter-working between DIALOG-PLUS partners that allows students to study modules at
other institutions using an authentication and authorisation system called Shibboleth.
- Developing a module on Academic Integrity (plagiarism to you and me) for students at Leeds, based on previous work at Penn State and Southampton universities.
2004: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
A short consultancy for UNEP to
Africa Population Density Maps (1960-2000), continental transport networks and related data sets.
2003: School of Geography, University of Leeds.
I was a research officer on the CHCC project developing it
into a major learning and teaching resource, with Linda See,
Helen Durham, Myles Gould, Danny Dorling and Phil Rees. My contribution
was web page design for the
Census Area Statistics units, the
Online Atlas and the Overview
Units, making sure that the pages:
Are W3C compliant.
Meet the University Accessibility Guidelines.
Work with most major browsers including Netscape 4, for the 3 people who still use it.
2001-2003: The World Bank, Washington DC, USA.
I was a GIS specialist for the Research Group and was involved in several GIS, web page and
database projects including:
The Functional Value of Biodiversity: A joint project with the World Bank, The World Agroforestry Centre and
The International Food Policy Research Institute investigating the spatial analysis of
the problem of tropical deforestation as it relates directly to poverty. For more information
Alternatives to Slash and Burn Programme Web Site.
Generating a comprehensive 1:250,000 GIS database for all of Central America at almost zero cost,
including a 100m resolution DEM for the region. These days, you can just go to the
web site and download a 90m DEM for the entire continent. Thanks NASA, only 2 years too late.
An prototype interactive mapping system for the New Ideas in Pollution Regulation Programme to illustrate new
international estimates of pollution damage, natural resource degradation, genuine savings,
pressure on water resources, threats to biodiversity, and World Bank project responses.
Only works on Internet Explorer.
Developing population modelling algorithms for version 3 of the
Gridded Population of the World Project. This database will be distributed as i) a human
settlements database (points), ii) urban extents (polygons) derived from satellite imagery
and additional geographic data sources, and iii) a 1km resolution urban-rural surface (grid).
Global spatial analysis that contributed to the 2003 World Development Report: Sustainable Development in a Dynamic
2001: The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
A short consultancy for FAO to assess
12 poverty mapping projects from the
CGIAR. For more information visit the Poverty Mapping Initiative Web Site.
2000: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
A short consultancy for UNEP
to develop the
Latin America and Caribbean Population Map, with colleagues from
CIAT. CIAT also have an updated and interactive version of the
1996-2000: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia
I was a visiting researcher in GIS at CIAT, and responsible for several GIS and database
Methodologies for Integrating Data Across Geographic Scales in a Data-rich Environment:
Examples from Honduras.
Co-developing an ArcView extension for modelling
Co-developing a digital Atlas of
Developing new methods for the spatial analysis of biodiversity data.
Some of these techniques are now included in a spiffy bit of free GIS software called
GIS experience in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru,
Mexico and Costa Rica.