I am a critical geographer. My research and expertise are uniquely positioned at the intersection of critical human geography, GIS and spatial information science, and international disaster studies. My current main research areas include critical and participatory GIS, disaster vulnerability, queer marginality (including LGBTQIA+ experiences in the UK and Brazil during COVID-19), and graffiti in spaces of conflict/peace. Central to all my work is the desire to capture, expose and potentially empower marginalised voices. I teach critical studies of geographic information systems (GIS), international disaster management and human-environment interactions.
My most recent role was as lecturer in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, where I was also Director of Postgraduate Teaching and department representative for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. I hold a PhD, Master of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science, all from the University of Sydney, in geography and geographic 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 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), and in 2020 and 2021 was nominated for a National Diversity Award (UK) in the category of Positive Role Model (LGBT).