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A geographer with over 20 years research experience in the field of environment and sustainable development. Howard has worked at SEI since 1994 on numerous GIS based research projects both nationally and in developing countries in the field of air and noise pollution, hydrology and biodiversity.
He currently is responsible for communications, web and database development on two British Academy funded projects - Implementing Creative Methods for Innovative Sustainable Transport (i-CMiiST) and Equitable Resilience in Local Institutions (ERLI) and for developing a project evaluation tool for Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities ROCK. He has led research projects using participatory mapping including a community engagement project called "The Good Life" in York funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He was responsible for database development, management and online provision on an EU funded project, TEST (Transport Environment Science and Technology). He also has been involved in developing capacity to use of atmospheric transport tools for rapid urban assessment of air pollution in developing countries (e.g. SIMair).
In addition to his role as researcher he was the SEI web manager for 12 years as well as many other websites including a NERC funded project Biodiviersty and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS). He has led the development of a number of web mapping interfaces and has provided training and capacity development for websites for a number of organisations in both developed and developing countries. He currently supports SEI's Communication activities from the York office.
He has also produces a range of different outreach material for projects including web mapping, audio, and video presentational material. He has presented his research at a number of conferences and has published a number of journal articles and book chapters.
Howard's first degree in Geography (Bsc Hons 2i) from University of Plymouth and Masters degree in Remote Sensing from Cranfield University. He worked for the Joint research Centre of the European Communities, Ispra (1991-1993) using remote sensing data to construct time-series for assessing land use change.