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Prof James Cheshire
Department of Geography
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  • Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

James Cheshire is Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography in the UCL Department of Geography and Director of the UCL Q-Step Centre.  He is co-author of the critically acclaimed books London: The Information Capital and Where the Animals Go. 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 was President of the Society of Cartographers between 2017 and 2019.

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 became Associate Professor of Quantitative Human Geography before promotion to full professor in 2019.

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

Teaching Summary

1. GEOG0162: Cartography and Data Visualisation. Convenor (Undergraduate & Postgraduate)

2. POLS0010: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods. (Undergraduate).

3. POLS008: Introduction to Data Analysis. 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   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2008   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Southampton
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