Papers + presentations

 

Refereed Journal Articles:

Haworth, B. (2017). Implications of volunteered geographic information for disaster management and GIScience: A more complex world of volunteered geography. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
Article available online.

Haworth, B., Whittaker, J. & Bruce, E. (2016). Assessing the application and value of participatory mapping for community bushfire preparation. Applied Geography, 76: 115-127. Article available online.

Haworth, B. (2016). Emergency management perspectives on volunteered geographic information: Opportunities, challenges and change. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 57: 189-198. Article available online.

Biggs, EM., Bruce, E., Boruff, B., Duncan, JMA., Horsley, J., Pauli, N., McNeill, K., Neef, A., Van Ogtrop, F., Curnow, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S. & Imanari, Y. (2015). Sustainable development and the water-energy-food nexus: a perspective on livelihoods. Environmental Science & Policy, 54: 389-397. Download Pdf: Biggs 2015_ELS

Haworth, B., Bruce, E. & Middleton, P. (2015). Emerging technologies for risk reduction: assessing the potential use of social media and VGI for increasing community engagement in bushfire preparation. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 30(3): 36-41. Download Pdf: Haworth_AJEM_2015

Haworth, B. & Bruce, E. (2015). A review of volunteered geographic information for disaster management. Geography Compass, 9(5): 237-250. (Summary blog post).

Biggs, EM., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, JMA., Haworth, B., Duce, S., Horsley, J., Curnow, J., Neef, A., McNeill, K., Pauli, N., Van Ogtrop, F. & Imanari, Y. (2014). Environmental Livelihood Security in South-East Asia and Oceania: a nexus-livelihoods approach for spatially assessing change. IWMI White Paper, International Water Management Institute, Colombo. Download Pdf: WHITE PAPER_IWMI

Haworth, B., Bruce, E. & Iveson, K. (2013). Spatio-temporal analysis of graffiti occurrence in an inner-city urban environment. Applied Geography, 38: 53-63. (Related blog post).

Reports:

Haworth, B., (2014). Volunteered Geographic Information, Community Engagement and Bushfire Preparation in Tasmania: Field study preliminary results. Report compiled for the Tasmania Fire Service, June 2014.

Theses:

Haworth, B. (2016). Assessing the potential, application, and implications of volunteered geographic information in disaster risk reduction. PhD thesis. School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. Download Pdf here: haworth_bt_thesis_2016.

Abstract:
Through technological advances citizens can now collect, share and map geographic information in unprecedented ways. Volunteered geographic information (VGI) refers to the widespread activity of citizens voluntarily creating geographic information, largely through social media, smartphones and online mapping tools. VGI has implications for applications of geospatial information, including disaster management. Earlier research focussed on disaster response, but there is a global need for greater community engagement in disaster preparation and disaster risk reduction (DRR). This thesis provides insight into how VGI can contribute to DRR, where VGI considered as a social practice has potential to aid in building community connectedness, risk awareness and disaster resilience. Surveys completed with residents of bushfire-risk communities in Tasmania examined usage patterns and limitations of VGI technologies; interviews with emergency management professionals identified opportunities and challenges of VGI in disaster management; and participatory mapping workshops assessed the user-experience of contributing VGI for DRR, and the value of knowledge sharing and collaborative mapping. The thesis develops a multifaceted understanding of VGI in community DRR, and the broader implications of VGI on authoritative systems, social systems, and the disciplines of geography and geographic information science. While VGI provides opportunities for knowledge exchange and increased community connectedness, it also presents important challenges, such as data quality, and the underrepresentation of particular individuals or groups. VGI disrupts the top-down structure of emergency management and reflects a culture shift away from organisational power and control of information. Changes to traditional systems catalysed by VGI involve decentralisation of power and increased empowerment of citizens, with value increasingly recognised in both ‘expert’ and citizen information and practices.


Haworth, B.
(2010). Graffiti and urban space: A GIS approach. Master of Applied Science (Spatial Information Science) thesis. School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney.

Invited Talks:

Haworth, B. (2017). Invited panelist for session on “The PhD journey” at the BNHCRC Research Advisory Forum, Perth, WA. April 2017.

Haworth, B. (2016). Assessing the potential, application, and implications of volunteered geographic information in disaster risk reduction. Seminar presentation for SSSI event at the University of Western Australia, Perth, WA. June 2016.

Haworth, B. (2015). Volunteered geographic information (VGI) for community engagement in bushfire preparedness. BNHCRC Sustainable Volunteering annual workshop, RMIT, Melbourne, November 2015. A Story Map of the presentation.

Haworth, B. (2015). Three minute thesis. AFAC/BNHCRC annual conference, ‘New Directions in Emergency Management,’ Adelaide, September 2015. Download slide: Haworth_3MT_AFAC 2015

Haworth, B. (2015). “Flooding Facebook” and “Tweeting up a storm”: a review of volunteered geographic information for disaster management. Seminar given at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC. April 2015.

Haworth, B. (2015). Three minute thesis. BNHCRC Research Advisory Forum, NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters, Sydney, April 2015. Download slide: Haworth_3MT_RAF 2015

Haworth, B. (2014). Volunteered geographic information, community engagement and bushfire preparation in Tasmania. Non-traditional volunteering Annual Project Workshop, RMIT, Melbourne, October 2014.

Duce, S., Haworth, B., Duncan, J.M., Horsely, J. (2014). Environmental livelihood security in the Asia-Pacific region: A nexus approach. Presentation given at Worldwide Universities Network project workshop, Perth, June 2014.

Haworth, B. (2014). Invited panelist for discussion session on ‘Social Media Issues’. Emergency Management and Public Affairs (EMPA) annual conference, ‘Collaboration in Communication’, Canberra, June 2014.

Presented Papers:

Haworth, B., Whittaker, J. and Bruce, E. (2016). Using participatory mapping to harness local knowledge and increase community connectedness in bushfire preparation. AFAC/BNHCRC annual conference, ‘Mitigation, Response, Recovery: Getting the Balance Right,’ Brisbane, August 2016.

Haworth, B., Whittaker, J. & Bruce, E. (2016). Volunteered geographic information (VGI) and disaster risk reduction: The application of participatory mapping in community bushfire preparation. Geospatial information for monitoring socio-environmental risk, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Adelaide, June 2016.

Bruce, E., Sheehan, S., Haworth, B. and Blewitt, M. (2015). Geographic citizen science in marine management: opportunities and research challenges for integrating Earth Observation data and in-situ volunteer observations. Earth Observation Science 2.0 conference, Frascati, Italy, October 2015.

Haworth, B. (2015). Engaging Communities in Disaster Risk Reduction through Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI): a case study of bushfires (wildfires) in Tasmania, Australia. Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 2015.

Haworth, B. and Bruce, E. (2014). Volunteered Geographic Information, community engagement and bushfire preparation in Tasmania: a preliminary study. Geographies of natural hazards and disasters in the Australia – Pacific region, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Melbourne, July 2014.

Biggs, E., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, J., Horsley, J., Duce, S., Haworth, B., Pauli, N., Clifton, J., McNeill, K., Neef, A., Van Ogtrop, F., Murphy, R. and Tompkins, E. (2014). Environmental livelihood security: sustainable livelihoods and the environment nexus. Sustainable Livelihoods and the Environment Nexus, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Melbourne, July 2014.

Haworth, B. (2014). Social media and information communication during natural disaster events. GeoNext Location Matters Conference, Sydney, February 2014.

Haworth, B., Bruce, E. and Iveson, K. (2011). Graffiti and urban space: a GIS approach. Encountering spatial technologies: geographic information technologies for cultural research, Institute of Australian Geographers conference, Wollongong, Australia, July 2011.

Conference Posters:

Haworth, B., Bruce, E. & Whittaker, J. (2017). Contributions of digital volunteering to community disaster resilience (conference poster). BNHCRC Showcase 2017, ‘Research driving change,’ Adelaide, July 2017. And AFAC/BNHCRC annual conference, Sydney, September 2017. Download Pdf: 79._billy_haworth

Haworth, B., Whittaker, J. & Bruce, E. (2016). Using participatory mapping to increase community engagement in bushfire preparation (conference poster). AFAC/BNHCRC annual conference, ‘Mitigation, Response, Recovery: Getting the Balance Right,’ Brisbane, August 2016. Download Pdf: HAWORTH_2016 RAF_AFAC_poster

Haworth, B. (2015). Power to the people: The implications of volunteered geographic information for official emergency management (conference poster). AFAC/BNHCRC annual conference, ‘New Directions in Emergency Management,’ Adelaide, September 2015. Download Pdf: B.Haworth_BNHCRC-AFAC Poster-2015_Final

Haworth, B. (2015). Spatio-temporal analysis of graffiti in an inner-city urban environment (Esri Young Scholar conference poster). Esri User Conference, San Diego, CA, July 2015.

Haworth, B., Bruce, E. and Whittaker, J. (2014). Non-traditional Volunteering: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and bushfire preparation (conference poster), AFAC/BNHCRC annual conference, ‘After Disaster Strikes: Learning from Adversity,’ Wellington, New Zealand, September 2014. Download Pdf: haworth_AFAC 2014

Departmental Presentations:

Haworth, B. (2016). Assessing the potential, application, and implications of volunteered geographic information in disaster risk reduction. ‘Thinking Space’ seminar series, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, June 2016. A recording of the presentation is available here: Seminar presentation on PhD research

Haworth, B. (2014). Crowdsourcing geographic information: VGI, citizen science, and community engagement in bushfire preparation. ‘Thinking Space’ seminar series, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, October 2014.

Haworth, B. (2013). Three minute thesis. ‘Thinking Space’ seminar series, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, November 2013.

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