BSc (Geography), MSc (Geographical Information Systems), PhD (Geographical Information Systems)

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Email:  rberry@glos.ac.uk

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Rob, who joined the CCRI in 2012, is a geographer and geodata scientist specialising in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in environmental and rural research. His research interests include the use of participatory GIS and 3D landscape visualisation in collaborative environmental management, quantitative spatial data modelling using open source software and programming tools, and mixed-methods (qualitative) GIS.

Research skills:

° GIS software including QGIS, ArcGIS, IDRISI, MapInfo, GeoDa, and Erdas IMAGINE
° Computer programming (mainly R, but also experience of Python, VB.NET and VBA)
° 3D landscape visualisation (Visual Nature Studio, SketchUp)
° Relational database management and SQL
° Interviewing (over 70 research interviews conducted to date)
° Report writing
° Project management

Rob is the coordinator of the Open Geospatial Lab (GOGL) that runs in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire School of Natural and Social Sciences. The aim of this initiative is to develop and promote open source GIS education in the University's undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, as well as to stimulate innovative research in the application of open source geospatial technologies.
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Recent Publications

Panayiota, T., Higgs, G., Stafford, I., Fry, R. and Berry, R. (2013) Digital Inclusion and Connectivity of Minority Communities: The Case of Communities of Disabled People. In: Management of Broadband Technology Innovation. Routledge, New York and Abingdon. ISBN 978-0-415-84382-9

Berry, R. and Higgs, G. (2012) Gauging levels of public acceptance of the use of visualisation tools in promoting public participation; a case study of wind farm planning in South Wales, UK. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55 (2). pp. 229-251. ISSN 0964-0568

Fry, R., Berry, R., Higgs, G., Orford, S. and Jones, S. (2012) The WISERD Geoportal:A Tool for the Discovery, Analysis and Visualization of Socio-economic (Meta-) Data for Wales.Transactions in GIS, 16 (2). pp. 105-124. ISSN 13611682

Berry, R., Higgs, G., Fry, R. and Langford, M. (2011) Web-based GIS Approaches to Enhance Public Participation in Wind Farm Planning. Transactions in GIS, 15 (2). pp. 147-172. ISSN 13611682

Berry, R., Fry, R., Higgs, G. and Orford, S. (2010) Building a geo-portal for enhancing collaborative socio-economic research in Wales using open-source technology. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 2 (1). pp. 78-92. ISSN 1758-1184

Higgs, G., Berry, R., Kidner, D. and Langford, M. (2008) Using IT approaches to promote public participation in renewable energy planning: Prospects and challenges. Land Use Policy, 25 (4). pp. 596-607. ISSN 02648377

Clarke, L., Short, C. and Berry, R. (2016) Isbourne Catchment Project: Scoping Study (Final Report), Report to Isbourne Catchment Partnership & Environment Agency. Technical Report. University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.

Berry, R. (2009). A Review of the Use of Geographical Information Systems in Hazard and Disaster Management. Internal Report, GIS Research Centre, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, UK.

Urquhart, J., Berry, R., Courtney, P., Maye, D. and Vigani, M. (2018). Farmers’ learning capacity and the role of social learning in building resilience in arable farms in the East of England. Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference, Cardiff, 30th August 2018.

Vigani, M. and Berry, R. (2018). Farm economic resilience, land diversity and environmental uncertainty. 30th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Vancouver, 1st August 2018.

Smith, K., Berry, R. and Clarke, L. (2018). Google Earth as a visualisation tool for stakeholder engagement in natural flood management. 26th GIS Research UK Annual Conference, Cardiff, 19th April 2018.

Berry, R. and Vigani, M. (2016). Spatio-economic modelling of agricultural resilience. Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference, London, 2nd September 2016.

Orford, S., Fry, R., Berry, R. and Higgs, G. (2012)  The institutional and cultural challenges to developing portals for inter-disciplinary data sharing: some reflections from WISERD. In: Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference, 3rd – 5th July 2012, Edinburgh.

Orford, S. Fry, R., Berry, R. and Higgs, G. (2012) Mapping interview transcript records: theoretical, technical and cartographic challenges. In: Annual GIS research UK (GISRUK) conference, 11 April 2012, Lancaster. (Unpublished)

Orford, S., Fry, R., Berry, R., Higgs, G. and Jones, S. (2012). Mapping interview transcript records: theoretical, technical and cartographic challenges. Proceedings of the 20th GIS Research UK Annual Conference, 11th-13th April 2012.

Berry, R., Fry, R., Higgs, G., Orford, S. and Jones, S. (2011). Introducing the WISERD Geoportal. AGI Cymru Annual Conference, Cardiff, 1st December 2011.

Berry, R., Higgs, G., Fry, R. and Langford, M. (2011). Web GIS for enhancing public participation in wind farm planning. Proceedings of the 19th GIS Research UK Annual Conference, 27th-29th April 2011, 220-229.

Tsatsou, P., Higgs, G., Stafford, I., Fry, R. and Berry, R. (2011) Understanding the role of ICT use in connectivity of minority communities in Wales. In: Proceedings of the Community Informatics Research Network Conference, 9 - 11 November 2011, Prato, Italy. (Unpublished)

Fry, R. and Berry, R. (2011). The WISERD GeoPortal: A tool for the discovery of socio-economic research data in Wales. The 6th International Free and Open Source for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference, Denver, USA, 12th-15th September 2011.

Berry, R. and Higgs, G. (2010)  An Evaluation Of Online GIS-Based Landscape And Visual Impact Assessment Tools And Their Potential For Enhancing Public Participation In The UK. In: 1st International Workshop on Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services, ISPRS Working Group IV/5, 26th-27th August, Como, Italy. (Unpublished)

Berry, R. and Fry, R. (2009). Building an open source geoportal for enhancing collaborative research in Wales. Association of Geographic Information (Cymru) Annual Conference, Cardiff, 10th December 2009.

Berry, R., Higgs, G., Kidner, D. and Langford, M. (2007). Examining the potential of Internet-based geographical information systems to promote public participation in wind farm planning. Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference, London, 29th-31st August 2007.

Berry, R., Higgs, G., Kidner, D. and Langford, M. (2007). Examining the potential of Internet-based Landscape and Visual Impact tools to promote public participation in wind farm planning. Proceedings of the 15th Annual GIS Research UK 2005 Conference, Maynooth, Ireland, 10th-13th April, 2007.

Berry, R., Higgs, G., Langford, M. L. and Fry, R. (2006) Examining the potential of Internet-based geographical information systems to promote public participation in wind farm planning. In: Digital Landscape Architecture Campus seminar, 7th International Conference on Information Technologies in Landscape Architecture, 17th-20th May, Anhalt University of Applied Science, Dessau, Germany. (Unpublished)

Berry, R. and Higgs, G. (2006). Examining the potential of Internet-based geographical information systems to promote public participation in wind farm planning. Proceedings of the 4th Annual Doctoral Seminar, University of Glamorgan, 5th May.

Berry, R., (2005). The Transition to High Resolution Digital Surface Models: Improvements in Visibility Analysis Performance. Proceedings of the 4th Annual Doctoral Seminar, University of Glamorgan, 27th April, 2005.

Berry, R. and Kidner, D. (2005) The Transition to High Resolution Digital Surface Models: Improvements in Visibility Analysis Performance. In: Proceedings of the 13th GIS Research UK Annual Conference, University of Glasgow.

Module Tutor: Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (Master's level)
Module Tutor: Advanced Geographical Information Systems (3rd year undergraduate)
Assistant Tutor: Geographical Information Systems (2nd year undergraduate)
Contributing Lecturer: Environmental Impact Assessment (part of the MSc in Sustainable Environments)

(2015) Evidence to the Environment and Sustainability Committee of the National Assembly for Wales, for the Environment (Wales) Bill. (July) with Dwyer, J.  Senedd tv video

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) since 2005.