Dr. Christopher T Lloyd is a Research Fellow in GIS, working within the WorldPop Programme. He conducts high impact research upstream of the WorldPop team’s core development of human population models and datasets. Outputs are used by governments and other organisations in low and middle income countries to inform policy and resolve global development problems.
Chris's work focuses on leading production of geospatial datasets using open source methods, with a particular emphasis on the classification of building use via machine learning. These datasets are in essence digital maps that offer a range of geographical information (i.e. buildings, lights at night, accessibility, landcover, climatic, etc.) and act as essential inputs to population modelling. Building classification datasets additionally directly inform development policy in the context of urban planning, resource allocation, and service delivery. His role involves advising re. the production and analysis of geospatial data (with project partners as well as within the WorldPop team) as required in multiple research and implementation projects. Chris also produces written training materials targeted at external GIS professionals, and co-supervises PhD research.
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Open Source Geospatial Tools
- Building Classification using Machine Learning
- Spatial Demography
- Glacial Geomorphology and Geology
Current PhD Students
Dr. Christopher T Lloyd completed his PhD studies in Glacial Geomorphology and GIS at the University of Sheffield, under the supervision of Prof. Chris Clark and Dr. Darrel Swift. Chris's thesis focused on study of the location and size of glacial overdeepenings (erosional depressions in the landscape, created by glaciers). Chris utilised a GIS extensively in this research. Prior to this, Chris completed his MSc in Remote Sensing & Image Processing at the University of Edinburgh, and an MSci undergraduate degree in GeoScience (Geology & Physical Geography) at Keele University. Before becoming an academic, Chris worked in a variety of scientific and non-scientific technical and logistic support roles. Chris is an avid music lover and also enjoys photography, travel, and discussion of current affairs and international, national, and local politics. Chris is a passionate believer in social justice and is an active member of his local Labour Party, having stood as a Labour candidate at the local council elections in May 2021.
- Fellow of the Geological Society (F.G.S) (2003)
- BEST SHORT PAPER (2020)
- Vice-Chancellor's Award (2018)