I'm a Research Fellow in GIS and Transport Engineering Data at the University of Southampton, located in the Transportation Research Group. I'm interested in transport geography and GIS, and primarily work using open source tools, including R, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and QGIS.
I've had a rather convoluted career path to this point. My first degree was in Aquatic Biology (from Aberystwyth University) and I initially worked in the water industry in a number of scientific and regulatory roles. I then re-trained in IT, became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and worked in various IT roles at the University of Cambridge. I began as an IT Technician in the Geography department, moved on to become IT Manager at Cambridge Programme for Industry (now known as Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership), and in my final role was a Computer Officer in the University Computing Service, responsible for the Small Institution Support Service.
While at Cambridge, I studied part time via distance learning for an MSc in GIS at Ulster University, and a few years later, with a move to Devon in between, started my PhD at the University of Southampton in 2014. I started work as a researcher in the Transportation Research Group in 2018. I've also been an e-tutor for several modules on the distance-learning PGDip/MSc in GIS run by Ulster University since 2010.