Biographies

Professor James Anderson

His main research and teaching interests are in geopolitics and political geography: state and local territoriality; nationalism and national conflicts; and state borders and cross-border processes, particularly with reference to Ireland and to European integration and enlargement. He has been researching state borders in general and cross-border developments in Ireland in particular, since the early 1990s; and he has worked on political demography in Northern Ireland around the 1991 and now the 2001 Census. Other interests include the political economy of cross-border labour migration. He held the Chair of International Development in the Department of Geography at the University of Newcastle and in October 1999 he joined Queen's where he is now Professor of Political Geography. Together with Dr Shuttleworth, he established C-STAR and directed it 2000-2004. He is also a Co-Director of the University's Centre for International Borders Research (CIBR) set up in 2000. [more]


Dr. Christopher Lloyd

Chris Lloyd joined the School of Geography in 1999 after completing a PhD at the University of Southampton. He has developed interests in GIS and geostatistics and a strong cross-disciplinary research portfolio. Within the C-STAR area his main interests are in analysing population data from the Northern Ireland Census of Population with particular emphasis on the use of local statistical methods. Current projects include the development of geographically-weighted measures of segregation, the analysis of travel-to-work behaviour, and the analysis of social change through time. He is currently a member of the International Association for Mathematical Geology and the Remote Sensing Society, the steering group of Geostats UK, and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He also served as a member of the committee of the Quantitative Methods Research Group (QMRG) of the Royal Geographical Society. [more]


Dr. Ian Shuttleworth

He has been a lecturer in Geography at QUB since 1993. Educated at the University of Leicester and Trinity College Dublin, his research interests lie in 'applied' social geography. These include census analysis, labour markets and labour mobility, and the political economy of transnational migration. He is currently working on two ESRC-funded projects on the Northern Ireland Census of Population and has worked in the past on government-funded research projects on labour mobility, the local labour market implications of employment growth, the impact of redundancy, education, and social deprivation. Ian is a principal researcher in C-STAR and is also a member of CIBR. He is past member of the Population Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society and currently serves on the NI and UK Census Advisory Groups, the NI Demographic Liaison Group, and is co-editor of the CIBR electronic working paper series. [more]

Ian Gregory

Ian Gregory is Associate Director of the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) at QUB. His research interests concentrate on using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to study long-term change over time using sources such as the census and vital registration (births, marriages and deaths) data. This field is known as historical GIS, or sometimes temporal GIS. He was the architect of the Great Britain Historical GIS, one of the first and largest national historical GISs. This is a GIS database that holds the statistical and boundary data for the majority of British census, vital registration and related data through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More recent research has focussed on: methodologies for analysing spatio-temporal change (funded by the ESRC); substantive research on long-term change in subjects such as migration and mortality funded by the Leverhulme Early Career fellowship; and he has a growing interest in using e-Science techniques in the social sciences and humanities. He has published extensively on using GIS in historical research and has recently completed a book on this subject to be published shortly by Cambridge University Press (with P.S. Ell). He was chair of the Historical Geogrpahy Network of the Social Science History Association and has also served on their nominations committee. He is on the Institutional Board and Technical Steering Commmittee of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative.

Owen McEldowney

Owen's main area of interest is ethnic and nationalist conflict and politics. He is working as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Geography, running a 3rd year lecture course on ethnic, nationalist and imperialist territorial politics. He has just completed a year's ESRC-funded research in C-STAR on the politics of the Northern Ireland 2001 Census. For this project, Owen interviewed local politicians and reviewed media coverage and academic writings on sectarian demography in Northern Ireland, particularly over the last 10 years. The aim was to identify important demographic topics in Northern Ireland and constructively criticise their treatment in political and media discourse. Owen is also currently working on a PhD in the Institute of Governance (supervised in the School of Politics) entitled 'The Politics of Ethnic Numbers in Northern Ireland and Québec' in which he looks comparatively at the political impact of census enumeration and population trends in divided societies. He has tutored undergraduate courses on International Relations, British and Irish Politics, and Social Geography. From Belfast, he studied Politics at Essex University and European Politics and Policy at the London School of Economics. He then spent one year in Japan, teaching English in a state secondary school, before returning to Belfast to start his PhD. He will spend six months in Québec in the next academic year, funded by the Institute of Governance, the British Association of Canadian Studies Prix du Québec and the Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship. Owen enjoys learning languages (Japanese and French), trying foreign food, and writing music.

Ciaran Higgins

Ciaran has interests in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. Primarily involved with demographic issues he also has experience in a variety of environmental and corporate planning projects. Past research has included a 'Spatio-temporal Analysis of the Great Irish Famine' where areal interpolation and Geographically Weighted Regression were used to challenge conventional approaches to previous analysis. This project illustrated that the spatial and temporal aspects of the Famine are much more complex than previously thought. He is currently working on a project to link the Northern Ireland censuses through time. The purpose of the work is to make Census data available to academic users and the public using a consistent set of spatial units and variables. This will prove a valuable resource for researchers and policy makers and will also provide a more accurate picture of what has been happening demographically especially in areas such as segregation.

David McNair

David is a postgraduate student at the School of Geography, Queen University Belfast. He joined the C-STAR group in 2002 following an undergraduate degree in Geography. David's doctoral research deals with the links between residential segregation and social networks in Belfast. Much of the existing work on segregation within Northern Ireland has focussed on analysis of census data to show static residential patterns. This kind of analysis, while valuable, says little about social interactions between individuals from different ethnic or religious groups. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, his research builds on existing residential work, and investigates social segregation and integration in terms of social networks and interactions in residential spaces and in other social milieu, ranging from the workplace and education, to leisure and other activities. [more]


Stuart Lavery

Stuart is a postgraduate student at the School of Geography, Queen University Belfast. He joined the C-STAR group in 2002 following an undergraduate degree in Geography, initially working on a research project with Dr Shuttleworth and Dr Anne Green from the University of Warwick, on young job-seekers in Belfast and the impact of sectarianised urban territorial divisions on their knowledge of the city and their willingness/unwillingness to seek employment in different parts of the city. As part of this work, Stuart developed an innovative video as a research/dissemination tool. In 2003 he registered for a PhD working on the intersection of local and transnational labour markets and the use of cheap immigrant labour in 'core' economies.

Gemma Catney

Gemma is a postgraduate research student in the School of Geography, Queen's University Belfast. She joined the C-STAR group in 2004, following an undergraduate degree in Geography. Gemma's PhD focuses on internal migration patterns in Northern Ireland, with a particular emphasis on the role of migration in the process of increasing/decreasing residential segregation/mixing. She is adopting a mixed methods approach, utilising data from the 2001 Census of Population to analyse spatial patterns of migration using Geographical Information Systems and Geographically Weighted Regression, whilst the main bulk of her research will involve in-depth interviews with residents, local MPs and estate agents. Gemma is a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an ordinary committee member of the RGS Quantitative Methods Research Group. She is also member of the British Society for Population Studies.


Ms Anne Green

Anne is a Principal Research Fellow in the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick. She has research interests in the geography of migration and commuting, labour markets and social inclusion/exclusion. She has undertaken several projects on the Northern Ireland labour market since 2000 and has worked with several members of C-STAR.

 


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Centre for Spatial Territorial Analysis & Research

School of Geography
Queens University
Belfast
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