• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Teaching Interests


  • BSc Geography, Ulster University, 2001
  • PGCE (Primary), Ulster University, 2002
  • MSc Geographic Information Systems, Ulster University, 2003
  • PhD Remote Sensing, Ulster University, 2008

Teaching interests

Paul teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the geography and environmental science degree programmes. He has a strong interest in the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and the integration of remote sensing and GIS. He was Academic Lead for Education in the School from 2019 to 2022. 

Research interests

Paul is interested in the use of GIS and Remote Sensing to address a wide range of societal issues. His research focuses on the development of risk models for poverty mapping across large spatial scales. He has a particular interest in using socio-economic datasets to map communities at risk of both fuel and food poverty. Paul has also a keen interest in developing the use of GIS in Schools. This work has received a range of national and European awards and Paul leads the “digital earth Centre of Excellence” at Ulster University. Other interests include the use of remotely sensed data to map and monitor environmental processes and the fusion of remotely sensed datasets to extract features in urban and agricultural landscapes. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • GB Physical geography
  • GE Environmental Sciences


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