Beginning my GIS career in 1999 in local government I have since developed, supported, and used GIS on a daily basis prior to starting the PhD. With experience increasing I held a key role in a wide variety of GIS projects (including the European project LogIN) and the implementation of GIS data standards and best practice. While working I was awarded the Royal Geographical Society award for my Masters project which applied GIS models within an EIA framework to assess the impact on tranquillity from road development graduating from my Master course at Southampton with distinction.

Working in industry as a GIS Analyst my work has been extremely varied, the more recent industry roles focusing on large scale GIS solutions and spatial database infrastructures. I have experience of local authority GIS requirements across departments and offshore underwater projects, including developing a multi criteria evaluation model to assess the risk in building offshore wind farm development around the UK shores.

During the PhD (2011 – 2016) I enjoyed working with a number of volunteer groups for community participation in projects including the Wensum DTC project, the Norfolk Rivers Trust, Gaywood Valley project and Waveney River Trust. I have continued to be interested in the issues facing river trusts and catchment partnerships and remain engaged with the vital work of these groups despite my current role focusing on green space infrastructure. 

Key Research Interests

The PhD evaluated the role of a range of spatial technologies to support the catchment based approach to landscape management. My research engaged with the public and catchment stakeholders to evaluate technologies that can be used to a) visualise the future of rural landscapes which face increased pressure to adapt to a changing climate and a shift in environmental values and b) facilitate the involvement of stakeholders in decision making for more multifunctional and sustainable catchment management through collecting, sharing and disseminating information.

There were three case studies in the PhD, the first used augmented reality on smartphones to communicate the location of and information about features in the landscape which provide us with ecosystem services. The second adapted software to see if this could facilitate stakeholder participation in the creation of a future sustainable catchment, the final piece of research enabled a catchment volunteer group to collect data using a citizen science app on mobile phones to capture information about the health of their river catchment and then investigated the interaction between the human and technological agents.

Following the completion of the PhD I have continued to be interested in several research areas; one strand is the use of spatial tools to improve water quality and catchment stakeholder engagement however I remain interested in spatial data at all levels from initial collection using crowdsourcing methods to the development of data warehouses to store and enable more efficient analysis and viewing of the data collected. I currently work on the ESRC Big Data project evaluating the feasibility of using open source maps to generate a representation of green infrastructure data for local government


The Augmented Reality paper won joint first prize at the DLA 2013 Conference for scientific excellence.


Outhwaite, W. and Taigel, S. (2009) “Offshore Wind – Worth the Risk? Assessing and Managing the Risk of Wind Farms in the Marine Environment” WindTech International.

Research Group Membership

Andrew Lovett, Katy Appleton, Kevin Hiscock