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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 Physical Geography Education in the Department of Geography.

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’ and ‘Why we Disagree about Resilience’.

Between 2017 and 2019 she was a Lecturer in Geographic Information System (GIS) at the University of Portsmouth.

During her PhD and postdoctoral research 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
  • GIS
  • Urban Africa
  • Low-data cost spatial models
  • Landslides
  • Python
  • R
  • Open data
  • OpenStreetMap mapathons
  • Free Open Source GIS (FOSS-GIS)

Faith's research looks at the development and use of spatial and statistical models for natural hazards, particularly in the urban Global South. Previous research includes: 1) developing a spatial model of road infrastructure network disruptions from triggered landslide events; 2) assessing multi-hazard infrastructure risk in urban Africa; and 3) qualitative GIS techniques to visualise resilience in informal settlements.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Further details

See Faith's research profile