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I’m a geographer and spatial data scientist. I have expertise in geospatial software development, remote sensing and satellite image analysis, and statistical analysis and machine learning. My research uses socio-economic, climatic, and environmental datasets to monitor and detect climatic and environmental changes and explore how these changes impact society. I have developed and coordinate the Advanced Spatial Analysis unit, which teaches undergraduate students a range of data science skills relevant for working with geospatial data.

I collaborate widely across research, government, not-for-profit, and private sectors. I have recent experience working in Australia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Pacific Island Countries. Alongside my research activities, I develop and deliver GIS and geospatial data analysis training for a range of audiences spanning university education to government officials.

Please visit the Livelihoods and Landscapes site to learn more about geospatial applications we are developing and using to map agricultural landscapes in Pacific Island Countries.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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