Dr Billy Tusker Haworth


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Dr Billy Tusker Haworth is a geographer, Lecturer in Disaster Management, and representative for equality, diversity and inclusion at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. Billy’s research and teaching expertise are uniquely positioned at the intersection of critical human geography, geographic information science (GIS), and international disaster studies. Their main research areas include critical and participatory GIS, disaster vulnerability, LGBTIQ+ marginality, and graffiti in spaces of conflict/peace. During COVID-19, Billy has conducted research into the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people in the UK and Brazil, with implications for more inclusive crisis response strategies and future risk reduction. See Billy's current projects here.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

2020 - present: Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
2018 - present: Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (RGS with IBG), UK
2016 - present: Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG), Australia


2014 - 2017: Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Australia.
2015 - 2017: Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), USA
2015 - 2016: International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), USA
2014 - 2016: Association of American Geographers (AAG), USA
2012 - 2014: Young geographer, Royal Geographical Society (RGS with IBG), UK

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General) - Geographic Information Science, Disaster Risk Reduction, Digital Humanitarianism, Citizen Science, Participatory GIS, Volunteered geographic information, vulnerability, Critical GIS, Graffiti, LGBTIQ+, feminist geography, gender and sexuality studies

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy, Assessing the potential, application, and implications of volunteered geographic information in disaster risk reduction, University of Sydney
  • 2010 - Master of Science, Spatial Information Science, University of Sydney
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Science, Geography, and Geology and Geophysics, University of Sydney

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