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Dr Nick Bearman


Room 106
Pearson Building,
Department of Geography,








I am passionate about GIS and spatial skills both as a tool to solve problems and as a vital skill to be taught to anyone who uses spatial data to make decisions. I am a Chartered Geographer (GIS) and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

I use my technical skills with GIS to explore and analyse spatial data using different methods applied to a variety of different applications. I am currently applying cartographic and GIS analysis techniques to a range of client facing projects, including site maps, cartographic design and analysis & presentation of small area change in Census data.  Additionally I teach GIS to students and non-students a range of GIS skills at a variety of different levels.

I have used GIS in many different settings, both academic and commercial. I have applied GIS and geocomputation to public health, epidemiology and health inequalities. I have also worked with large data sets in relation to transport (home to school travel and home to work travel).

Previously I have completed research into GIS and education / teaching & learning (e.g. how do we most effectively teach GIS?) and have a particular interest in remote teaching. I have also looked at how we can use sound in combination with vision to present additional spatial information (including, but not limited to, metadata).

I am programme administrator for the MSc Geospatial Analysis, personal tutor for the students and contact for the degree. I also contribute on the teaching to three of the modules (GEOG0114 Principles of Spatial Analysis, GEOG0115 Representations, Structures & Algorithms and GEOG0125 Network and Locational Analysis).