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. He teaches 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 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 role of participatory mapping in giving voice to varying experiences of marginality within the LGBTQ+ and other diverse communities. Billy is also working 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