Dr Billy Tusker Haworth

Lecturer in Disaster Management

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Billy joined the University of Manchester in 2017 as Lecturer in Disaster Management and Programme Director Msc International Disaster Management in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI).

Billy is a geographer specialising in public participation in digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS), and the implications of these practices for a range of applications, including disaster management. His research interests include critical GIS, volunteered geographic information (VGI), community mapping, digital humanitarianism, citizen science, spatial knowledge production and representations, and queer geographies. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2016, examining VGI and community engagement in disaster risk reduction. 

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

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

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

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy, Assessing the potential, application, and implications of volunteered geographic information in disaster risk reduction, LocalizedString(id=76146436, text={en_GB=University of Sydney})
  • 2010 - Master of Science, Spatial Information Science, LocalizedString(id=76146436, text={en_GB=University of Sydney})
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Science, Geography, and Geology and Geophysics, LocalizedString(id=76146436, text={en_GB=University of Sydney})

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