Billy is a geographer and Lecturer in Disaster Management in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. He teaches international disaster management, theory and practice, and critical studies of geographic information systems (GIS). Billy’s research interests include critical GIS and GIScience, participatory mapping, digital humanitarianism, volunteered geographic information (VGI), citizen science, queer geographies, graffiti, and spatial knowledge production. In his 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. His most recent thinking is on new project ideas exploring the varying experiences of marginality within the LGBTQ+ community and their influence on disaster risk, and how activities such as participatory mapping can be used as research tools and vehicles for advocacy in reducing risk among diverse populations. Billy is also working in collaboration with HCRI colleagues on 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