Rob is a geodata scientist specialising in the application of geographical information systems (GIS) in environmental and rural research. His research interests include the use of 3D landscape visualisation and participatory GIS in collaborative environmental management, quantitative spatial data modelling using open source software and programming tools, and mixed-methods GIS.
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers since 2004.
Rob has over 15 years’ experience in teaching GIS to undergraduate and postgraduate students from a wide range of subject backgrounds, such as human and physical geography, social sciences, biology, ecology, criminology, landscape architecture and urban planning.
Teaching experience includes designing teaching programmes and modules, preparing course materials, managing and marking assessments and participating in administrative activities, as well as delivering lectures and practical sessions.
In addition to university teaching, Rob have also been involved in designing and delivering numerous external short courses, workshops and training events (e.g. NCRM). These have included a wide range of sessions from introductory GIS for social scientists and non-GIS users to more advanced courses on spatial analysis. Rob has also delivered GIS training abroad, having had the opportunity in 2018 to run a GIS course at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Current teaching duties at the University of Gloucestershire include:
NS7930 – Fundamentals of Conservation GIS
NS7931 – Acquisition & Management of Spatial Data
NS7932 – Advanced Spatial Analysis
NS5307 – Geographical Information Systems
NS6306 – Advanced Geographical Information Systems
Rob is an experienced geographical information systems (GIS) specialist and geodata scientist with a strong record of applying his practice in a wide range of environmental and social science research areas.
His main research interests include the use of 3D landscape visualisation technology and participatory GIS in collaborative environmental management, and the integration of qualitative data and quantitative data in GIS through the development of qualitative (QualGIS)/mixed-methods (MMGIS) applications.
Other interests relate to current projects at the CCRI and include measuring and mapping the regional economic resilience of farming in the UK, and developing GIS-based methods for valuing cultural ecosystems services.