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Dr James Cheshire
Department of Geography
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

James completed a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Physical Geography at the University of Southampton before undertaking a PhD in GIScience at the UCL Department of Geography. His topic was the spatial analysis and visualisation of large surname databases. After completing his PhD he was appointed Lecturer in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation at CASA before moving to the UCL Department of Geography where he is Associate Professor in Quantitative Human Geography. James is also Director of the UCL Q-Step Centre and Deputy Director of the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre.

Research Summary

James' research focuses on the use of “big” and open datasets for the study of social science. He has published in a range of journals on a variety of topics including the use of cycle hire schemes, the spatial analysis of surnames and new ways to visualise population data. James is the recipient of a number of major awards from the Royal Geographical Society, The North American Cartographic Information Society and British Cartographic Society. He is President of the Society of Cartographers.

Aside from his academic outputs, a wide range of his maps and visualisations have been featured in the popular press.  Read more at spatial.ly or follow @spatialanalysis on Twitter.

Teaching Summary

1. GEOG2025: Geocomputation. Convenor (Undergraduate).

2. Q-Step Data visualisation short course. Convenor (Undergraduate).

3. GEOG1003: Data Acquisition and Interpretation. Convenor (Undergraduate).

4. POLS6024: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods. Co- Convenor (Undergraduate).

5. POLS6025: Introduction to Data Analysis. Co- Convenor (Undergraduate).

01-SEP-2018 Director UCL Q-Step Centre    , United Kingdom
01-JAN-2017 Deputy Director UCL Q-Step UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2016 Senior Lecturer Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2014 Deputy Director Consumer Data Research Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2014 Lecturer Department of Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2011 – 31-AUG-2014 Lecturer Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis UCL, United Kingdom
SEP-2009 – AUG-2011 Research Assistant Geography/ Dept. Clinical Pharmacology UCL/ University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Geographic Information Science University College London
2008 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Geography University of Southampton
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