Dr James Cheshire is a geographer with a passion for mapping data. His award-winning maps draw from his research as a Senior Lecturer at University College London. He is co-author of the critically acclaimed books London: The Information Capital and Where the Animals Go. In 2017 James was the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Cuthbert Peek award ‘for advancing geographical knowledge through the use of mappable Big Data’.

His research focuses on the use of “big” and open datasets for the study of social science – a project funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders Scheme. James is also a co-investigator in two of ESRC’s “Big Data Network” initiatives – the Consumer Data Research Centre and the Administrative Data Research Centre. In addition, James is involved in a number of projects that relate to the increased use of quantitative data in the social sciences. 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.

James completed a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Physical Geography at the University of Southampton (2005-2008) before undertaking a PhD in GIScience at the UCL Department of Geography (2008-2011). 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 and in 2014 became a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer (2016), in Quantitative Human Geography at the UCL Department of Geography.

You can see a list of James’ recent publications here.

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Email: james(at)spatialanalysis.co.uk


James Cheshire
Department of Geography
University College London
Gower Street