Dr Billy Tusker Haworth

Lecturer in Disaster Management

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Billy is a geographer and Lecturer in geographic information systems (GIS) and Disaster Management in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. They teach international disaster management, theory and practice, and critical studies of GIS. Billy’s research interests include critical GIScience, participatory mapping, marginality and vulnerability, volunteered geographic information (VGI), citizen science, queer geographies, graffiti, and spatial knowledge production. In their doctoral work at the University of Sydney Billy analysed the potential, application, and implications of VGI and participatory mapping in community bushfire risk reduction, and more recently has examined approaches for geographic information-sharing between stakeholders and farmers in the South Pacific for improved agricultural livelihoods and climate change adaptation. Their current work is exploring the role of participatory mapping in giving voice to varying experiences of marginality within queer and other diverse/minority communities. Billy is also project lead on collaborative research examining spatio-temporal patterns and socio-political readings of graffiti and street art in conflict-affected societies.

Email: billy (dot) haworth (at) manchester (dot) ac (dot) uk

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, GIS, Critical GIS, Graffiti, vulnerability, feminist geography, LGBTIQ+

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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