I am a geographer and GIScientist, and currently a lecturer in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. I teach critical studies of geographic information systems (GIS) and international disaster management. My research and expertise are uniquely positioned at the intersection of critical human geography, GIS and spatial information science, and international disaster studies. This has allowed me to make timely and important interventions in scholarly debates relating to processes of spatial knowledge production, and the role of online technologies in various arenas, opportunities and limitations of GIS methods, such as participatory mapping, and disaster risk, social vulnerability and community resilience. A central theme connecting my various research projects is that of power, and power imbalances in particular, relating to social and political marginalisation, disaster risk and post-conflict settings, processes of geographic information sharing and map-making, and how activities as diverse as participatory GIS or graffiti writing can capture, expose and potentially empower marginalised voices. See my current projects here.
My doctoral research in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney examined the role of (VGI) in natural disaster management, in particular the role of participatory mapping in community bushfire risk reduction. I hold a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Applied Science, specializing in GIS and spatial information science. I was the recipient of a Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC PhD scholarship, the 2015 Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize, the 2015 International Association of Wildland Fire student scholarship, and the 2015 Esri Australia Young Scholar award. In 2016 I was awarded Special Recognition Awards from both the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC and the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney. In 2019 I was nominated for a Faculty of Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award (University of Manchester).
Email: billy (dot) haworth (at) manchester (dot) ac (dot) uk