Department of Geography


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Professor Richard Healey

  • Qualifications: MA, PhD
  • Role Title: Professor of Geography
  • Address: Buckingham Building Lion Terrace Portsmouth PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 92 842487
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Before coming to Portsmouth, I taught for 15 years at Edinburgh University, where I was Co-Director of the ESRC Regional Research Laboratory and a Member of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre.  In the 2004/5 Session I was Scholar-in-Residence at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Teaching Responsibilities

MSc in GIS Units:

  • Applied GIS
  • GIS and Database Management Systems
  • Modelling, Analysis and the Web

Undergraduate Units:

  • Databases for GIS
  • Regional Economic Development in the NE USA 1850-1900
  • Contributions to Geographical Research Methods, Sustainable Development and Population, Resources and Environment units


  • Historical GIS - use of GIS and visualisation methods for the development and analysis of large spatio-temporal databases of regional economic development; Internet-based historical GIS data resources, especially 19th century railroad GIS; simulation modelling of regional development
  • Historical regional dynamics - economic development of the North-East United States 1850-1900 with particular reference to the railroad, oil, coal mining and iron industries
  • Behavioural regional investment - development of new methods for analysing investment diversification that extend the theory of behavioural finance into the regional domain
  • Use of advanced data warehousing, spatial data mining and big data techniques to analyse the United States 1880 census and linked data sources
  • GIS - use of parallel processing and database methods within a GIS framework; Internet map and database server technologies; environmental applications of GIS

Research profile

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