Dr Billy Haworth

Completed PhD student
Dr Billy Haworth

Billy Haworth completed his PhD with the University of Sydney, which looked at volunteered geographic information, community engagement and bushfire preparation. At the conclusion of his studies, Billy moved to the University of Manchester, where he began working as a researcher and lecturer in geography and disaster management.

Billy's thesis is available here.

Student project

Billy Haworth completed his CRC PhD with the University of Sydney in 2016, which looked at volunteered geographic information, community engagement and bushfire preparation. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of Billy’s thesis see https://billyhaworth.com/publications/

Volunteered geographic information (VGI) refers to the widespread engagement of citizens in the creation of geographic information, often through social media, smartphones and online mapping tools. It represents a shift in the ways information is created, shared, used and experienced, and has important implications for disaster management. This research examines the potential role of VGI in fostering community engagement in bushfire preparation in Tasmania, where VGI has potential to aid in building risk awareness, community connectedness, and increased disaster resilience.

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Contributions of digital volunteering to community resilience
30 Jun 2017
Adoption of location-based information sharing technologies and the emergence of digital...
Billy Haworth Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
Involving communities is a prerequisite to sustainable disaster risk reduction.
Power to the People: Implications of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) for Official Emergency Management (OEM)
18 Aug 2015
VGI refers to the creation and sharing of geographic information by community members, mainly...
Non-traditional volunteering: Volunteered geographic information (VGI) and bushfire preparation
25 Aug 2014
This research explores the potential role of VGI for fostering community engagement in bushfire...

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