Affiliation: Lancaster University, UK
I am a geographer by training who, after doing an MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Edinburgh, got a one-year contract at Queen Mary, University of London working to create a GIS of some nineteenth century administrative data. Somehow this evolved into the Great Britain Historical GIS (GBHGIS), a major database that comprises the majority of statistical data from sources such as the census and vital registration data for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was also the subject of my PhD. Since leaving London I worked at the University of Portsmouth and then as the Associate Director of Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at the Queens University, Belfast. In September 2006 I moved to Lancaster where I work in Digital Humanities.
I have twice been network co-chair of the Social Science History Association’s Historical Geography network and served on their Executive Committee. I also founded and am network co-chair of the European Social Science History Association’s Spatial and Digital History network. As shown below I have published widely on historical GIS including four books, one published by CUP, and articles in journals including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Annals of the Assoc. of American Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, and the British Medical Journal. I am Speciality Section editor of the Digital History section of the newly launched journal Frontiers in Digital Humanities and have served on the editorial boards of journals including: Social Science History, Historical Methods and Transactions in GIS.