A long-time staff member of the GeoData Institute at the University of Southampton, in September 2018 Graeme was seconded to the GRID3 overseas development programme, as Lead for Training and Capacity Strengthening. GRID3 is an ambitious programme, co-founded by the Centre for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), WorldPop (at the University of Southampton), Flowminder and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) .
GRID3 develops innovative geospatial data products, technologies and methods, striving to ensure that as much as possible is freely available and open source. Graeme's role is to encourage and support the use of these resources in low- and middle- income countries. The core data products include high resolution population distribution/density and demographic characteristics, settlements extents and local infrastructure. GRID3 encourages the use of these data in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the areas of health, education, census planning and implementation.
As GRID3 training lead, Graeme coordinates the full range of activities in planning, development and implementation of training and capacity development, for GIS and related subjects. He is responsible for delivering training events across multiple counties, both in the classroom setting and online via a (Moodle-based) learning management system. Graeme leads a team tasked with meeting the ever-increasing demand for training opportunities in this subject.