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Biography

Before coming to Portsmouth, I taught for 15 years at Edinburgh University, where I was Co-Director of the ESRC Regional Research Laboratory and a Member of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre.  In the 2004/5 Session I was Scholar-in-Residence at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Research Interests

  • Historical GIS - use of GIS and visualisation methods for the development and analysis of large spatio-temporal databases of regional economic development; Internet-based historical GIS data resources, especially 19th century railroad GIS; simulation modelling of regional development
  • Historical regional dynamics - economic development of the North-East United States 1850-1900 with particular reference to the railroad, oil, coal mining and iron industries
  • Behavioural regional investment - development of new methods for analysing investment diversification that extend the theory of behavioural finance into the regional domain
  • Use of advanced data warehousing, spatial data mining and big data techniques to analyse the United States 1880 census and linked data sources
  • GIS - use of parallel processing and database methods within a GIS framework; Internet map and database server technologies; environmental applications of GIS

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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