I am a geographer and Lecturer in Disaster Management in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. I teach international disaster management, theory and practice, and critical studies of geographic information systems (GIS) and disaster management. My research interests include critical GIS, GIScience, community mapping and disaster risk reduction, digital humanitarianism, volunteered geographic information (VGI), citizen science, and spatial knowledge production.
I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Western Australia, investigating approaches to geographic information sharing between stakeholders and village farmers in the South Pacific for improved agricultural livelihoods and climate change adaptation .
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.