Senior lecturer, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Dr Ian Greatbatch first became involved in search and rescue (SAR) while working as a ranger in the British countryside, locating lost people in nature reserves. At university he became involved in surf lifesaving and later became a lifeboat crewman for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He is currently a tactical adviser to two search and rescue organisations, which draw on his skills as an advanced swift water rescue technician and search controller.
His PhD focused on the shapes of mountains and the relationship between their shape, size and name in the landscape. He is currently working on a number of SAR-related research projects covering terrestrial, maritime and urban search and rescue. His research encompasses all aspects of SAR, from technical equipment, spatial analysis and search theory through to tactical approaches and social and economic implications.
An enthusiastic communicator in his specialist fields, Dr Greatbach is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the editorial board of the The Journal of Search and Rescue.
|2008||PhD, An Ethnophysiographic approach to investigating prominence in mountain features|
|2004||MPhil, Issues in Retail Centre Definition, UCL|
|2001||BSc Geographic Information Systems, Kingston University|
|2007 -||Senior lecturer in Geographic Information Systems, Kingston University|
|2004||Researcher, City University|