Billy Haworth

Billy Haworth
The University of Manchester · Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)

PhD

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Introduction
I am a geographer and Lecturer in Disaster Management in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. I teach international disaster management, theory and practice, and critical studies of geographic information systems (GIS) and disaster management. My research interests include critical GIS, GIScience, community mapping and disaster risk reduction, digital humanitarianism, volunteered geographic information (VGI), citizen science, queer geographies, and spatial knowledge production.

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Publications (21)
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Despite advances in mapping technologies and spatial data capabilities, global mapping inequalities are not declining. Inequalities in the coverage, quality, and currency of mapping persist, with significant gaps in remote and rural parts of the Global South. These regions, representing some of the most economically and resource-disadvantaged socie...
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The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/online-tools-can-help-people-in-disasters-but-do-they-represent-everyone-116810
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The adoption of location-based information sharing technologies, and the emergence of volunteered geographic information (VGI), has seen changes to community involvement in disaster management. The concept of resilience, and recognition of the capacity for renewal, reorganization , and societal development, has gained currency in disaster managemen...
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Volunteered geographic information (VGI) refers to changing practices in recent years associated with technological advancements that provide increasing opportunities for private citizens to produce geographic information. VGI activities range from public contributions to online crowdsourced mapping projects to location-related posts on social medi...
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Graffiti management often presents policy challenges for municipal authorities. However, the inherent diversity of graffiti culture and its role in defining urban space can be neglected when formulating response strategies. This study investigates spatio-temporal trends in graffiti across inner-city Sydney, New South Wales to support alternative pe...
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This paper argues that graffiti can provide a form of socio-political commentary at the local level, and is a valuable, yet often overlooked, resource for scholars and policymakers in conflict-affected societies. Graffiti, in its many forms, can provide rich insight into societies, cultures, social issues, trends, political discourse, and spatial a...
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Flood risk communication strategies have been ineffective for older adults as they have failed to accommodate diversity, viewing retired populations as homogenous. There have been calls from academics and NGOs to develop more detailed understandings of older adults’ risk experiences to inform disaster risk reduction (DRR) and communication approach...
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Across Pacific Island Countries, projects and policies are incorporating objectives related to managing landscape multifunctionality to sustain flows of multiple, valued ecosystem services. Strategies to manage natural resources are often not effective, or do not have intended outcomes, if they do not account for local contexts and the varied needs...
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Citizen science refers to the participation of nonprofessional volunteers in scientific practices, predominantly collecting or analyzing data. Geographical citizen science denotes a subset, whereby locational information is integral to the scientific study. While enjoying resurgence in recent decades, largely associated with burgeoning Internet and...
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The Conversation https://theconversation.com/graffiti-in-cyprus-paints-a-rich-and-complex-picture-of-this-divided-society-119437
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Multiple factors constrain smallholder agriculture and farmers’ adaptive capacities under changing climates, including access to information to support context appropriate farm decision-making. Current approaches to geographic information dissemination to smallholders, such as the rural extension model, are limited, yet advancements in internet and...
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The increased ease for individuals to create, share and map geographic information combined with the need for timely, relevant and diverse information has resulted in a new disaster management context. Volunteered geographic information (VGI), or geographic information voluntarily created by private citizens enabled through technologies like social...
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Volunteered geographic information (VGI) refers to the widespread creation and sharing of geographic information by private citizens, often through platforms such as online mapping tools, social media, and smartphone applications. VGI has shifted the ways information is created, shared, used and experienced, with important implications for applicat...
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The water–energy–food nexus is being promoted as a conceptual tool for achieving sustainable development. Frameworks for implementing nexus thinking, however, have failed to explicitly or adequately incorporate sustainable livelihoods perspectives. This is counterintuitive given that livelihoods are key to achieving sustainable development. In this...
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The water–energy–food nexus is being promoted as a conceptual tool for achieving sustainable development. Frameworks for implementing nexus thinking, however, have failed to explicitly or adequately incorporate sustainable livelihoods perspectives. This is counterintuitive given that livelihoods are key to achieving sustainable development. In this...
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The immediacy of locational information requirements and importance of data currency for natural disaster events highlights the value of volunteered geographic information (VGI) in all stages of disaster management, including prevention, preparation, response, and recovery. The practice of private citizens generating online geospatial data presents...
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Each year Australia is prone to potential negative and devastating impacts of bushfires and other natural hazards, highlighting the importance of community engagement in disaster risk reduction. Volunteered geographic information (VGI) is an emerging technology that allows members of the public to voluntarily contribute geographic information, pred...
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This document addresses the need for explicit inclusion of livelihoods within the environment nexus (water-energy-food security), not only responding to literature gaps but also addressing emerging dialogue from existing nexus consortia. We present the first conceptualization of ‘environmental livelihood security’, which combines the nexus perspect...

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We aim to explore the following questions: 1. What can be gained from an analysis of graffiti writings and occurrence for the management of contested spaces, promotion of peace, and everyday experiences of politically-divided territories? 2. To what extent does graffiti play a role in not only commenting on public and political discourse relating to peace, but in shaping it? 3. How can participatory action research tools, such as walking interviews and qualitative GIS, be useful in advancing understandings of the relationships between graffiti, space, and peace?
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I am conducting research to try to better-understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer+ (LGBTIQ+) people during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic (in the UK and Brazil). Specifically, I want to know: what challenges have LGBTIQ+ people faced during coronavirus, how are people coping with restrictions and changed circumstances, and what lessons can be learned for future strategies that are more inclusive of LGBTIQ+ needs.