I am a Professor of Geographic Information Science in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London. I am also the Director of the UCL Extreme Citizen Science group, which
is dedicate to allow any community, regardless of their literacy, to use scientific methods and tools to collect, analyse, interpret and use information about their area and activities.
My research interests include Public access and use of Environmental Information; Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability Engineering aspects of GIS; and Societal aspects of GIS use – in particular, participatory mapping and Citizen Science.
Since 2001, I have secured over £7.8 million in research funding, from research councils, the public, private and third sectors. I received funding for a range of projects, including the following:
- EPSRC project ‘Design for Wellbeing: Ageing and Mobility in the Built Environment’ – understanding community severance impact on older people.
- Challenging Risk, funded by EPSRC. Funding to develop an understanding engineering and participatory methods to reduce fire and earthquake impact on communities
- EU FP7 ‘Citizen Cyberlab’ – Collaborative project with Université Paris Descartes, France; European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), United Nations Institute For Training And Research (UNITAR) and Université de Genève, Switzerland; Imperial College and Gold Mobile Innovation Ltd, UK. Research and evaluation of on-line collaborative environments and software tools that stimulates creative learning in the context of Citizen Cyberscience and citizen science
- EU FP7 project ‘everyAware’. Collaborative project with the Fondazione ISI – Institute for Scientific Interchange, Italy; Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany; and the Flemish Institute of Technological Research, Belgium to explore participatory sensing of urban environment and behaviour change.
- Extreme Citizen Science, funded by EPSRC through their ‘Challenging Engineering’ award to create the ExCiteS research group.
- Adaptable Suburbs, funded by EPSRC and ESRC and focusing on a detailed study of four suburban town centres in London. The project ran from 2010 to 2013.
- Bridging the Gaps: Sustainable Urban Spaces, funded by EPSRC to encourage multi-disciplinary research at UCL, especially in the areas of engineering and the built environment. The project ran from 2008 to 2011.
- Towards Successful Suburban Town Centres, funded by EPSRC and focusing on London’s suburban town centres. The project is already influencing policy by being part of a policy review, carried out by URBED on behalf of the North West London strategic alliance. The project ran from 2006 to 2009.
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. The project focused on the development of longitudinal evaluation of their activities and was part of their strategic evaluation programme. The project ran from 2006 to 2008.
- Mapping Change for Sustainable Communities – an UrbanBuzz project aimed at mapping environmental change and development in London. The project combined both community development and participatory mapping, using a public mapping system to monitor local sustainability and local development plans. The project was carried out in collaboration with London 21 Sustainability Network and Planning Aid for London. The project ran from 2007 to 2008.
I was the course tutor of the University of London M.Sc. in GIScience from 2002 to 2006, again in 2010 and continue to teach on this and other programmes in my department at UCL. Course material is published on the UCL Moodle system. This system is accessible only to registered users.
I have supervised 32 PhD students since 2003. As first supervisor to Claire Ellul, Katerina Christopoulou, Ana Simão, Hanif Rahemtulla, Nikos Katsos, Byron Antoniou, Tyng-Rong Roan, Zhiwei Cao, Jessica Wardlaw, Seong K. Choi, Thomas Koukoletsus, Diana Masstracci Sanchez, Christian Nold, Gianfranco Gliozzo, Michalis Vitos, Cindy Regalado, and Valentine Seymour. As second supervisor to Kate Jones, Christian Castle, Tina Thomson, Catherine Lowe, Artemis Skarlatidou, Andrew Chilvers, Enrica Verrucci, Therese Bajada, Jullia Altenbuchner, Gill Conquest, Carolina Schneider Comandulli, Karin Talmor (Tel Aviv University), Nama Budhathoki (University of Illinois), Wendy Attard (University of Malta), and Hagit Keysar (Ben Gurion University).
I discovered GIS in 1988, and with over 26 years of practical GIS experience in both academia and commercial organisations, I offer a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge. Some details are available on my LinkedIn page.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the name: Po Ve Sham means ‘Here and There’ in Hebrew…