I am a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton working with the WorldPop project.
In my work I focus on developing and applying quantitative spatial methods to explore the distribution, dynamics, and health of populations around the world. I am particularly interested in understanding how socioeconomic and political contexts impact human-environment interactions and the effects of these interactions for human health.
My main research focuses on spatial demography, specifically high-resolution mapping of population distributions and demographics to support national statistics. Other research includes quantitative analysis of urban morphology and classification of settlement types.
I am the developer of two R packages: sfarrow for reading/writing spatial objects with Apache Arrow; and foot for urban morphometrics. I advocate for open-science and open-source research software and I'm a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute.
I received my PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder working with Elisabeth Root and with members of the Population Program and Health and Society Program at the Institute of Behavioral Science.
School of Geography & Environmental Science
University of Southampton