The More than Maps workshop series is developed and delivered by a highly interdisciplinary team of researchers from five different universities. Participating universities include the University of Sydney, the University of Western Australia, the University of Ghana, the University of the West Indies and the University of Southampton. 

Where we are based:


University of Sydney

Prof Eleanor Bruce

Eleanor Bruce is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. Her research interests focus on the geographical dimensions of coupled human-environment systems and how spatial models can be used to examine drivers of change. This has involved investigating biophysical coastal process response to climate variability, landscape change detection and the role of participatory mapping and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in building socio-ecological resilience.

Dr Kevin Davies

Dr Kevin Davies conducts research into the use of satellite remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and GIS to improve our understanding of geographical issues. Kevin’s current research includes satellite-based land use mapping and geospatial data collection for improving livelihoods and natural resource management in the Pacific Islands. Kevin also investigates the use of CubeSats for landscape monitoring as part of the University’s Centre for CubeSats, UAV's and their Applications (CUAVA) .

University of Western Australia

Prof Bryan Boruff

Prof Bryan Boruff is a Geographer and Associate Professor in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Western Australia. His expertise lies in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing technologies to the study of environmental hazards. His research interests encompass risk and vulnerability assessment techniques as well as a range of environmental management issues including agricultural and renewable energy production, population health, sustainable livelihoods, urban and regional development, and development of spatially enabled eResearch tools.

Dr Natasha Pauli

Dr Natasha Pauli is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Western Australia. Natasha’s research focusses on human-environment interactions. She uses a range of research methods to understand effective ways to conserve and increase biodiversity in urban, agricultural and natural settings, for the mutual benefit of people and the environment.

Dr John Duncan

Dr John Duncan is a geographer and spatial data scientist. His research focuses on the fusion of socio-economic, climatic, and environmental datasets to advance understanding of how climatic and environmental changes impact society and to develop solutions to these challenges.

Dr Sharyn Hickey

Dr Sharyn Hickey is a Lecturer in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. Her research interests focus on geographical elements of environmental systems, and how spatial and temporal models can examine environmental change and drivers of change. Particularly this has involved investigating coastal and marine changes in habitat through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing data.


University of the West Indies - Mona Geoinformatics Institute

Dr Ava Maxam

Dr Ava Maxam is currently Deputy Director of the Mona Geoinformatics Institute, where she manages the Natural Hazards & Environment Division, the Human & Social Division, and the Software Development Division. Her range of professional experience has spanned from coastal processes modelling and spatial analysis, to developing spatial solutions for clients across private and government sectors. She has led consultancies in GIS application, coastal hydrodynamic modelling, as well as oceanographic, environmental, ecological and bio-physical assessments.

Romario Anderson

Romario Anderson has a diverse background working on multiple research projects which span both the physical and social sciences. He is a member of the SARTRAC team and responsible for investigating the geomorphic, meteorological and biophysical conditions which influence the beaching of Sargassum along various coastlines around Jamaica.


University of Ghana

Prof Kwasi Appeaning Addo

Prof. Kwasi Appeaning Addo is a coastal processes scientist. His research interest includes coastal erosion and flooding studies, and delta systems studies. Kwasi is a technical advisor to the West African coastal observation mission and a member of the Expert Group of the High-Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy involving 14 Heads of Governments. He has authored books and book chapters, and several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr Philip-Neri Makafui Jayson-Quashigah

Dr Philip-Neri Makafui Jayson-Quashigah’s research focuses on nearshore coastal dynamics and coastal erosion with the application of remote sensing/GIS and numerical modelling. His research also encompasses climate change impacts such as vulnerability to sea level rise. Currently he serves as a marine scientist on the SARTRAC project and looks into beach dynamics through video monitoring to improve management strategies in West Africa (BEACHMON).

United Kingdom

University of Southampton

Prof Emma Tompkins

Emma Tompkins is a Professor of Geography, Environment and Development. Her research focuses on how we can best manage environmental and climatic problems, particularly climate variability and change. Her past research has looked at why some people choose to engage in risk mitigating activity and others do not, what are the best practices in disaster risk management, and how do we create social resilience to climate hazards. Emma is the Principal Investigator of the SARTRAC project which aims to investigate opportunities for transformational adaptation from the massive Sargassum seaweed landings that have occurred along the coasts of the tropical Atlantic since 2011.

Prof Jadu Dash

Jadu Dash is a Professor in Remote sensing in the School of Geography and Environmental Science. He has a strong international reputation in mapping, monitoring and understanding ecosystem processes using Earth observation data. He works closely with the European Space Agency’s Sentinel satellite programme and support the mission performance centre. His research focus on developing algorithms to estimate biophysical variables form satellite data, application of space-time techniques to characterise environmental processes.

Prof Jack Corbett

Professor Corbett’s research primarily focuses on democratic governance in small states. He is the author of four books, two edited books and more than 60 articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of the Topics in the Contemporary Book Series with University of Hawaii Press and Routledge Studies in Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis. In addition to the ESRC, his work has been funded by the British Academy, Developmental Leadership Program, Australian Research Council, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

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Dr Sien van der Plank

Sien a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Southampton. She explores how individuals, communities, practitioners and decision-makers think about environmental change and risk. For example, at the moment she is researching in Cornwall and Devon how the past experiences of long-term and sudden change events (e.g. floods, changed fishing laws, influx of tourism) might affect human resilience, environmental sustainability and human wellbeing of people.

Yanna Fidai

Yanna is a PhD student within the School of Geography and Environmental Science who has a keen interest in areas where physical and human geography overlap, in particular how the physical world interacts with anthropogenic communities. Yanna’s PhD topic explores the impact sargassum seaweed has on the livelihoods of varying communities across the Tropical Atlantic Basin.

Marie Schlenker

Marie Schlenker is a PhD researcher within the Energy and Climate Change Research Group of the School of Engineering, studying climate change impacts in the South Pacific. For her research, she combines remote sensing and mapping with social science methods.

Dr Victoria Dominguez Almela
Dr Victoria Dominguez Almela

Vicky is an ecologist with research interests covering the impacts of invasive species on biodiversity and people. She has a broad interest in freshwater and marine ecology, with a specific interest on novel applications of geographical information systems (GIS) and models to predicting ecological outcomes.

Daniela Rivera-Marin

Daniela is a PhD student within the School of Geography and Environmental Science who has a keen interest in remote sensing and social impacts of climate change. Daniela’s PhD topic explores the impacts of desertification.

Workshop's collaborators

Gustavo Nagel

Gustavo Nagel is a PhD researcher within the School of Geography and Environmental Science investigating global surface water resource dynamics using remote sensing and cloud computing. He is also CEO of ORBTY, a Startup that is developing technologies to monitor inland waters and oceans using satellites. He has researched and led consultancies in remote sensing topics related to river morphodynamics, water quality monitoring, illegal gold mining and wildfire.

Dhritiraj Sengupta, PhD

Dhritiraj is a research fellow at the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences SOGES, University of Southampton, UK. Its current research interest is in analysing human altered coasts at the global coasts, and its implication for the broader concept of climate change adaptation and urban resilience. Combines several elements of coastal zone management into Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), especially using Earth Observation (EO) and integrated GIS tools.

Dominique Townsend

Coastal geomorphologist currently studying a PhD in nearshore change using data from remotely sensed sources and rapid survey techniques.