I am a geography Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Western Australia. My research interests include critical GIS, community mapping, citizen science, disaster risk reduction and digital humanitarianism, spatial information and livelihoods, social justice, and science communication. I also teach in various areas of geography, GIS, and environmental science.
I am currently working on an Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) funded project. The project is investigating information sharing for agricultural practices and climate change adaptation in the South Pacific, with a particular focus on the development of methodologies for improving the flow of geographic information between stakeholders and village farmers, and how citizens can be better-engaged in creating, sharing and receiving relevant geographic information on climate to improve livelihood security.
My doctoral research in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney examined the role of volunteered geographic information (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.