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Biography

Dr Faith Taylor is a physical geographer with interests in geographic information systems (GIS), spatial modelling, statistics and natural hazards. She is a Lecturer in GIS at the University of Portsmouth and is affiliated with the Department of Geography at King's College London.

Faith has a MSc in Environmental Modelling, Monitoring and Management and a PhD from King's College London. Her PhD thesis focused on statistical patterns in triggered landslide event inventories and the development of a landslide road impact model. 

Between 2015 and 2017, she undertook two post-doctoral research positions at King’s College London, with a focus on hazard and risk in towns and cities in the Global South. These projects were ‘Urban Africa Risk Knowledge’ (www.urbanark.org) and ‘Why we Disagree about Resilience’ (https://whydarproject.wordpress.com/).

During her time at King's, she co-founded Intrepid Explorers, which is a platform to promote the value of field-based research in education and inspire others to do safe and impactful field research. With colleagues, she also established King's Humanitarian Mappers, which is a group of staff and students who run ‘mapathons’ (mapping marathons) to put remote and vulnerable places on maps that are available to all.

Research

  • Natural hazards
  • Geocomputational techniques
  • The Global South

Faith is particularly interested in developing methods to further our understanding of risk using low-cost techniques that are not data intensive. For example, developing simple spatial models of natural hazards using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS-GIS) and open, freely available data.