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Giles Foody

Professor of Geographical Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences

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I have broad interests in geography - spanning activity that lies in the social sciences (e.g. on the motivations, ability and potential of volunteers/citizen sensors to advance geographic research),… read more

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Current Research

I have broad interests in geography - spanning activity that lies in the social sciences (e.g. on the motivations, ability and potential of volunteers/citizen sensors to advance geographic research), the environmental sciences (e.g. on land cover changes on the carbon cycle and patterns of biodiversity) and technology/engineering (e.g. on machine learning methods for image analysis). My main research interests focus on the interface between remote sensing, informatics and ecology/environmental science. A major recent focus of work built on these interests is on studying 'slavery from space' linked to the University's Rights Lab.

I have been fortunate to work on a variety of projects with a range of collaborators, including 50 research students who have worked under my supervision. This work has been supported by research funding from a variety of bodies. Since 2014, the major awards I have been an investigator on:

  • GCRF, Validating sargassum detection, Principal Investigator, £158,533, 2020-2021.
  • GCRF, Brick kilns of the south Asia Brick Belt: optimising a research and impact platform to address objects of UN SDG intersectionality, Co-I, £94,232, 2020-2021.
  • UK Space Agency, SAtellite Sargassum Monitoring System (SASAMS) - developing real-time monitoring service for Mexico's Caribbean coast, Principal Investigator, £290,057, 2020-2021.
  • UK Space Agency, Anti-trafficking support system for Uganda's sustainability (AstUS), Co-I, £283,357, 2020-2021.
  • BBSRC, Citizen science for Earth observation (Citizens 4EO), Co-I, £16,507, 2019.
  • NERC, Spatio-TEmporal Dynamics of forest response to ENSO Drought (STEED), Co-I, 2018.
  • British Academy, Remote sensing to inform sustainable development, Principal Investigator, c. £24,600, 2018.
  • EPSRC, Satellite remote sensing of sites associated with slavery, Principal Investigator, c. £12,000, 2018.
  • EU, Final Action dissemination grant, Principal investigator, c. €9,400, 2017
  • EU, Lead of workpackage 5 of the LandSense citizen observatory, ~€343,000, 2016-2020.
  • EU, Final COST Action TD1202 grant period award, Principal Investigator, €232,309, 2015.
  • EU, Transition to Horizon extension of COST Action TD1202, Principal Investigator, €74,350, 2014.
  • EU, COST Action TD1202, Principal Investigator, €147,545, 2014.

To-date, research has resulted in >240 refereed journal articles, 9 books and >200 other publications (book chapters, conference papers etc). My publications have been cited >30,000 times and I have a 'h' index of 86 (source - Google Scholar). In field based standardized citation lists that account for self-citation I am ranked 2nd in the world in the subject including geomatics.

I have been fortunate to receive several prizes, most recently the Taylor and Francis Award (2020), the IEEE David Landgrebe award (2019) and 2 global peer review awards (2019). A full list is available in my CV which is available on request.

I have served on a variety of committees (e.g. RCUK grant panels (including roles as chair); sub-panel C17 of REF2014 and H32 of RAE2008) and on the editorial board of 17 journals (including two as editor-in-chief).

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