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Dr Jessica E Steele 

Senior Enterprise Fellow

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Dr Jessica Steele is a Senior Enterprise Fellow within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Jessica Steele received her B.S. in Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Michigan Technological University in 2001 and her master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University in 2005. She completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Florida in 2014, where her research focused on vegetation dynamics and change modelling using hyperspectral and multispectral satellite imagery in combination with field measurements she collected in southern Africa. Jessica currently works as a Senior Enterprise Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton where her research activities focus on developing approaches to improve high resolution poverty mapping and mapping populations in urban areas in Africa.


PhD in Geography, University of Florida, 2014

MA in Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University, 2005

Research interests

Applied spatial modelling, geostatistics, GIS and remote sensing, urbanisation, mobile phone data, population modelling, poverty mapping.

PhD research

Title: Remote Sensing of Vegetation Dynamics and Change in Semi-Arid Ecosystems

Supervisor: Professor Jane Southworth

Funding Institution: University of Florida

Research projects

WorldPop project:

The WorldPop project was initiated in October 2013 to combine the AfriPop, AsiaPop and AmeriPop population mapping projects. It aims to provide an open access archive of detailed spatial demographic datasets for Central and South America, Africa, and Asia to support development and health applications.


The MAUPP project (Modelling and forecasting African Urban Population Patterns for vulnerability and health assessments) is a research project funded by the STEREO-III program of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO). The main objective of MAUPP is to develop models and forecasts to improve our knowledge of sub-Saharan African urban population patterns for a wider usage of urban population distribution datasets in vulnerability and health assessments. The MAUPP project aims to contribute to the WorldPop open access archive of spatial demographic datasets.

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

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