Department of Geography


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Dr Faith Taylor

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2477
  • Email:
  • Department: Department of Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated from UCL with a BSc in Physical Geography. Following this, I moved to King’s College London where I undertook my MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management and my PhD entitled ‘Statistical Patterns in Triggered Landslide Events and their Application to Road Networks’. Between 2015 and 2017 I undertook two post-docs at King’s College London with a focus on hazard and risk in towns and cities in the Global South. These projects are ‘Urban Africa Risk Knowledge’ ( and ‘Why we Disagree about Resilience’ ( In November 2017 I joined the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer in GIS.

During my time at KCL, I co-founded Intrepid Explorers which is a platform to promote the value of field based research in education and inspire others to do safe and impactful field research. With colleagues, I also established KCL Humanitarian Mappers which is a group of staff and students who run ‘mapathons’ (mapping marathons) to put remote and vulnerable places on maps that are available to all.

Teaching Responsibilities

U20721 GIS and Database Management Systems (MSc)
U20706 MSc Dissertation (MSc)
U20720 Applied GIS (MSc)


My research converges around the themes of (a) natural hazards, (b) geocomputational techniques and (c) the Global South. I am particularly interested in developing methods to further our understanding of risk using low-cost techniques that are not data intensive. For example, developing simple spatial models of natural hazards using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS-GIS) and open, freely available data.