Download a PDF copy of my CV: CV_Billy Haworth_academic_2019.

Awards and grants
Other bits (memberships, volunteer roles, etc)
In the media


2017: Doctor of Philosophy (Science), School of Geosciences, University of Sydney
Thesis title: “Assessing the potential, application, and implications of volunteered geographic information in disaster risk reduction”.
Supervisor: Dr Eleanor Bruce (University of Sydney)
Associate supervisors: Dr Joshua Whittaker (University of Wollongong), A/Prof Kurt Iveson (University of Sydney), Prof Matt Duckham (RMIT)

2014: Vespucci Institute participation, “VGI and Citizen Science: engaging, creating and understanding”. International summer training school, Vespucci Initiative, Fiesole, Italy.

2010: Master of Applied Science (Spatial Information Science), School of Geosciences, University of Sydney

2009: Bachelor of Science (Geography, Geology & Geophysics), Faculty of Science, University of Sydney

Awards and Competitive Research Grants

2019: Royal Geographic Society Innovative Geography Teaching Grant (£1,000) for project developing disaster simulation toolkit for schools. Role – Co Chief-investigator (with Ficklin)
2019: HCRI Research support fund (competitive) (£3,230) for project titled ‘The writing on the wall: reading social realities through graffiti and street art in conflict-affected societies’. Role – Chief-investigator (with Lepp, Arthur, Vogel and O’Driscoll).
2018: Social Responsibility and Cultural Engagement Fund, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (£1,655), University of Manchester, for project supporting humanitarian mapathons with university students, local community charities, and primary schools. Role – Chief-investigator (with Huck)
2018: Early Career Visiting Fellowship, Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS), (AU$4,000), University of Wollongong (visit April 2019).
2016: Special Recognition Award, Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (AU$1,030), University of Sydney
Institute of Australian Geographers Travel Grant for attendance and presentation at the 2016 IAG conference, Adelaide, SA ($350), IAG.
2015 School of Geosciences Special Recognition Award for contributions and involvement in the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney.
2015 Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement (AU$500), University of Sydney
2015 International Association of Wildland Fire PhD Student Scholarship (US$3,000), IAWF
2015 Esri Young Scholars Award, Esri Australia
2015 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (AU$1,067), University of Sydney
2014 Vespucci Summer Institute 2014, “VGI and Citizen Science: engaging, creating and understanding,” Fiesole, tuition and travel grant (€800), Esri
2014 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (AU$900), University of Sydney
2014 PhD scholarship (3.5 years), (AU$98,000), Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative  Research Centre
2013 Research support funding (AU$5,000), Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods Program –  Tasmania Fire Service
2013 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (AU$945), University of Sydney

Teaching Experience

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester
2017/18: Lecturer and module coordinator:
HCRI60041: Disaster Management Theory and Application (Masters)
HCRI60072: Introduction to Critical GIS (Masters)
HCRI60171: Research and Evaluation Methods (Masters)
HCRI60171: Introduction to Disaster Management (Undergraduate)
HCRI20011: Disasters and Development (Undergraduate)

School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia
2017: Lecturer and Unit Coordinator:
ENVT4411: GIS Applications (Masters)
ENVT5508: Advanced Spatial Analytics (Masters)

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London
2016: Assisted in delivering guest lecture and practical class with Patrick Rickles on introductory GIS in the postgraduate course Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development.

School of Geosciences, University of Sydney
2016: Delivered guest lecture on Crowdsourcing Geographic Information: VGI, Citizen Science and changing social and scientific practices in the senior unit of study GIS in Coastal Management.

2013-2016: Practical/lab demonstrating and tutoring for the following undergraduate units of study:
Introduction to Geography (2013)
Natural Hazards: A GIS Approach (2014, 2015)
The Geography of Cities and Regions (2014, 2016)
GIS in Coastal Management (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Coastal Environments and Processes (2014, 2015)

2013: Completed Tutor and Demonstrator Development Program, delivered by the Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. (


2017 – present: Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester
Lecturer in Disaster Management; Director MSc International Disaster Management

2017: School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
– investigating environmental livelihood security for climate-smart landscapes for agricultural policy in the South Pacific, with a particular focus on the development of novel methodologies for using crowdsourced geographic information from local stakeholders
– GIS Lecturer and unit coordinator

2013 – 2016: School of Geosciences, University of Sydney
Casual academic (Tutor/Demonstrator and Research Assistant)
– GIS based spatial analysis and modelling for multiple research projects in the Schools of Geosciences, Economics, and Architecture.
– Teaching in junior, intermediate and senior undergraduate geography and GIS (see Teaching Experience below).

2012 – 2015: Private GIS Tutor
Role: Tutor for GIS students at Birkbeck, University of London, and students in the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney.

2013 – 2014: FRANS Inc.
Role: Disability Support Worker – assisting students with disability to attend lectures, navigate campus, exercise and manage weekly budgets.

2011: Sensis Pty Ltd | Location Navigation
Role: GIS Researcher – sourcing and compiling research material and data for production of new or existing print and digital map products, field checking, and database maintenance.

2011: University of Sydney | School of Geosciences
Role: Research Assistant to Kurt Iveson, applying GIS and spatial analysis to examine issues of outdoor furniture advertising in Sydney, and the production of maps portraying ‘Green Ban’ sites across Sydney using historical data.

Additional Information

Service to profession:
Reviewed manuscripts for:
Annals of the American Association of Geographers
Applied Geography
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
International Journal of Geographic Information Science
Journal of Spatial Science

Volunteer roles/outreach:

2018: University of Manchester ‘Manchester Access Programme’ tutor (supporting talented high school students from backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education to reach university).

2015-2016: Listed as University of Sydney expert for media commentary. Topics for comment: bushfire disasters, community engagement, and geographic information and communication technologies.

2016: Delivered workshops for the Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Camp (a University of Sydney program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students  to experience what university has to offer, see future study and career opportunities, and connect and learn together with other young indigenous people, university students and academics). I developed and presented participatory mapping workshops for the year 9 and 10 activity “Get Scientific” on how science can contribute to managing bushfire in Australia, and developed and lead a workshop for the year 11 and 12 students’ natural science activity on GIS, crowdmapping and green space on campus.

2015 – 2016: Co-established and coordinated weekly school morning tea “GeoBites”.

2015: Representative for School of Geosciences at University of Sydney Open Day

2015: Ran workshop on GIScience, VGI and disaster management at the “Meet & Greet a BIG GeekInternational Science School (ISS) event, University of Sydney. Poster (Pdf): BIG GEEK Haworth

2015: Coordinator and session chair of University of Sydney Geography seminar series, “Thinking Space: Geographers and the Environment” (13 seminars)

2014 – 2015: Assisted supervise and facilitate study programs for visiting students from European schools and universities, including participants of the Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management Erasmus Mundus Masters course.

Author: Exploring Places and People (Blog) (migrated to
Contributor: Trending City (Blog)

Other achievements/experience:

2016 Guest weekly host of Twitter account for citizen science discussions, @IAmCitSci, November 2016.

2015 Visiting academic to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, hosted by Dr Caren Cooper, Assistant Director of the Biodiversity Research Lab, to discuss and present my work, network, and learn in the field of citizen science. Raleigh, NC, 26 April to 3 May 2015.

2014 Invited to participate as Early Career Researcher in Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) funded project with researchers from University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of Southampton, and University of Auckland to assist in preparing a white paper on the theme ‘A Spatial Framework for Assessing Environmental Livelihood Security’

2014 Research assistant for project employing geographical citizen science to record patterns of humpback whale presence in Jervis Bay, NSW

2014 Completed survey of 12 communities in high fire risk areas in collaboration with the Tasmania Fire Service to investigate levels of engagement and interest in VGI and social media for bushfire awareness and preparation

2011 Contributed GIS mapping to submission for inquiry into the regulation of billboard and outdoor advertising to the Australian Parliament, House of Representatives

2010 Collaborated with the City of Sydney council on a research project investigating spatial and social issues relating to graffiti policy and removal within the Local Government Area

2009 Participated in research trip to SE Asia investigating rural development and economic geographies along the Mekong River, working with local university students, NGOs, and village communities in China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The final dissertation addressed impacts of infrastructure development on rural communities and livelihoods

2018 – present:
 Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (RGS with IBG), London UK
2015 – present: Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), USA
2016 – 2017: Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG), Australia
2014 – 2017: Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Australia.
2015 – 2016: International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), USA
2014 – 2016: Association of American Geographers (AAG), Washington USA
2012 – 2014: Young geographer, Royal Geographical Society (RGS with IBG), London UK

Citizen Science participation
Current projects:
World Community Grid
Past participation:
Snapshot Serengeti (Zooniverse)

In the media

19 May 2019, Haworth, B.T., Eriksen, C. & McKinnon, S. (2019). Online tools can help people in disasters, but do they represent anyone? The Conversation. Available at
16 August 2018, “An interview with Billy Tusker Haworth”, LGBT-STEM (
6 March 2017, “The Young Scholars university initiative solidifying geospatial science as a smart career choice”, by Ben Doyle, ESRI Australia.
7 November 2016, “5 experts reveal their top tips for summer“, The University of Sydney News
15 August 2016, “Focus on Research. Enriching Learning Experiences“, International Association of Wildland Fire E-News
9 August 2016, “Enriching learning experiences“, Fire Australia magazine, Winter 2016 edition (posted online at
July 2016, “Billy Haworth at the IAG Conference“, School of Geosciences News and Events, University of Sydney
July 2015, “New data raises questions around anti-graffiti methods“, GIS in Action – Enabling Government, Esri Australia.
13 July 2015, “Recently two PhD researchers from the University of Tasmania and the University of Sydney were recognised for their innovative work with the TFS Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods program“, by Peter Middleton, News, Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods
24 June 2015, “Student recognised with international scholarship“, by Nathan Maddock, News from the CRC, Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
23 June 2015, “Maps to challenge Sydney’s graffiti problem“, by Anthony Wallace, Spatial Source
18 June 2015, “New research to help scrub out graffiti“, School of Geosciences News and Events, University of Sydney
17 June 2015, “New research to help scrub out graffiti“, by Danielle Mulligan, News, Esri Australia

January 2016
SBS Radio – invited to discuss my research on volunteered geographic information (VGI) in bushfire preparation (dubbed in Sinhalese). Recording available here.

November 2015
2SM (Sydney) – invited to provide comment on South Australia bushfires, community preparedness and social media use for disaster communication

June 2015
ABC 666 (Canberra), Breakfast with Philip Clark – invited to discuss GIS and graffiti management research and Esri Young Scholar award
Radio 2HC
 (Coffs Harbour), Afternoons with Mike Welsh – invited to discuss GIS and graffiti management research and Esri Young Scholar award
Radio 6PR (Perth), Mornings with Gary Adshead – invited to discuss GIS and graffiti management research and Esri Young Scholar award

December 2014
891 ABC (Adelaide), Breakfast – invited to discuss social media use during Sydney siege hostage crisis

February 2014
936 ABC, Breakfast (Hobart) – invited to discuss PhD research into VGI and bushfire preparation in Tasmania
ABC Northern Tasmania
, Breakfast with Belinda King – discussing PhD research into VGI and bushfire preparation in Tasmania
Star FM 93.7 (St Helens) – discussing PhD research into VGI and bushfire preparation in Tasmania
Edge Radio 99.3 (Hobart), The Brink with Ben Waterworth – discussing PhD research into VGI and bushfire preparation in Tasmania