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Research interests

I am a quantitative physical geographer, interested in the interactions between earth surface processes and topography.  My current research interests can be organised into the following three inter-related categories landslide hazard and risk mapping, participatory mapping and geomorphological, environmental and digital terrain modelling.  

I am currently a Research Fellow on the Global Challenges Research Fund Sajag-Nepal: Preparedness and planning for the mountain hazard and risk chain in Nepal project working with Dr. Katie Oven and Dr Amy Johnson here in Northumbria and with a large interdisciplinary team of social and physical scientists and anthropologists in Nepal, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand.  Within this large project I am both examining shifting patterns of hazard and risk but also our approaches to mapping exposure to these cascading hazard systems.

Before joining Northumbria in January 2023 I worked as a PDRA at Durham University on the following projects:

  • Participatory approaches to make big data on disaster risk accessible to local-level decision makers. UKRI Participatory Research funding.
  • Risk-Informed Landslide Management in Nepal's Hill Areas. EU ECHO HIP
  • Earthquake triggered landsliding in Nepal. NERC / DFID SHEAR
Areas of Interest
  • Landslide hazard and risk
  • Participatory mapping
  • Digital terrain models

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Predicting Glacier Accumulation Area Distrutions, Durham University

1 Sept 200031 Aug 2003

Award Date: 31 Aug 2004

Geography, MSc, Geographical Information Systems, University of Leicester

1 Sept 199931 Aug 2000

Award Date: 31 Jul 2000

BSc (Hons), Geography, University of Leicester

1 Sept 199631 Jul 2031

Award Date: 31 Jul 1999

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