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Academic staff

Professor Gary Higgs is the Director of the GIS Research Centre. Since 2008, Professor Higgs has served as Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). Over-arching research interests are in the application of GIS in social and environmental studies, most recently in the areas of health geography, environmental justice and emergency planning. Professor Higgs is an Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Health Geographics.

Dr David Kidner has worked extensively in the areas of digital terrain modelling and spatial data compression. Current research topics include GIS/GPS integration and 3D modelling of spatial phenomena (with as special interest in high resolution laser scanning).

Dr Mitch Langford's current research interests include dasymetric mapping, population modelling, and geospatial analysis within the fields of healthcare, social equality and environmental justice. Dr Langford is a 2020 Academic Fellow of the Senedd Commission (the Senedd/Welsh Parliament’s corporate body).

Dr Mark Ware is an Associate Professor in GIS. His research interests include automated map generalization, GIS-based optimzation algorithms, GIS and disaster management, spatial data structures, Open Source GIS and ethical surveillance.

Dr Nathan Thomas completed a PhD in automated cartography working with the Ordnance Survey. He is a qualified CAA commercial drone pilot. His research interests currently focus on the use of UAVs for surveying, photography and mapping.

Doctoral students and thesis titles

Mitchell Eboigbe: Remote sensing for coastal management

Hamzeh Aldwairy: Low cost remote sensing for environmental management

Steve Williams: Ethical surveillance – Smart technology for dementia support in the community

Richard Williams: Developing open source tools and support materials to measure geographical accessibility to screening and cancer support services

Andrew Price: Enhancing our understanding of access to sporting facilities in Wales through geospatial analyses