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Geographical Information Systems & Science Masters (MSc): Who teaches this course

About the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

GIS imageThis course is delivered by the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

The Faculty's wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covers a diverse range of subject areas, from aerospace to geography; from maths and computing to biotechnology; and many more. Our collaborative set-up provides new opportunities for our students, and we design our courses with industry professionals to ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments.

School of Geography, Geology and the Environment

The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment prides itself on the high quality of its teaching, as recognised by the excellent and satisfactory awards in various subject reviews undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council.

The School has invested in developing its labs for both teaching and research, including:

  • facilities for environmental monitoring, geology, geochemistry, and mapping/GIS/computing; and
  • specialist instrumentation laboratories (eg nuclear metrology; laser raman spectroscopy; and 3D mapping).

In 1989, Kingston University offered the first geographical information systems (GIS) undergraduate degree in the world. This was followed by several MSc and PhD research degrees, and there are now strong and active undergraduate and postgraduate groups within the School. Staff are also actively involved in research and consultancy. Kingston is the UK's foremost centre for GIS education and training, with one of the largest GIS programmes in Europe.

Staff teaching on this course

Teaching and research associates

In addition to the core staff members below, we have a range of teaching and research associates who contribute to the GIS programme.


Dr Douglas Brown

Specialist subjects:

  • Inequalities and welfare
  • Spatial analysis in human geography
  • Digital humanities

Research fields:

  • GIS for historical geography
  • Poverty in 19th-century England and Wales

Professional activities:

  • Reviews editor, The London Journal
  • Co-chair, Spatial & Digital History Network, European Social Science History Conference 2016
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Ian Greatbatch

Specialist subjects:

  • Ethnophysiography
  • Applications of GIS
  • GIS for search and rescue

Research fields:

  • Ethnophysiography
  • Integrated retail management

Professional activities:

  • GIS professional training programme director

Dr David Kidd

Specialist subjects:

  • Geovisualisation
  • Spatial databases and geospatial programming
  • Internet GIS

Research fields:

  • Visualising evolution in space and time
  • Integration of diverse and disparate data
  • Geological, hydrological and biogeographical history of the Central Mexico
  • Effects of Pleistocence climate change on European biogeography

Professional activities:

  • Subject editor Biodiversity Data Journal

Dr Mike Smith

Specialist subjects:

  • Digital elevation modelling
  • Internet GIS
  • Remote sensing
  • Landform mapping

Research fields:

  • Visualisation of DEMs for landform mapping
  • Different types of DEMs (eg radar, photogrammetry etc) and their effect on visualisation and modelling
  • Error assessment for DEMs
  • Ice sheet reconstructions, with particular research interests in Cumbria and Ireland

Professional activities:

  • Editor of Journal of Maps
  • Vice-chair for working group on applied geomorphological mapping

Professor Nigel Walford

Specialist subjects:

  • Geodemographics, data and statistical analysis
  • Land use and planning
  • Agricultural and rural geography

Research fields:

  • Agricultural policy adjustment
  • Integration of small format aerial photographs and population census statistics

Membership of professional bodies:

  • Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered geographer (GIS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers

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