The success of WorldPop is reliant upon a huge number of collaborators, organizations and governmental inputs from around the World, who provide data, advice and product testing, and of which we are exceptionally grateful. Many of these are mentioned on the acknowledgements page, and the team members below simply work to develop approaches to integrate and make full use of these valuable datasets and advice provided by others.
Victor Alegana has been involved in malaria research in Africa since 2006 as part of Malaria Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi. He completed his master’s degree in applied GIS and remote sensing at the University of Southampton and a PhD on modelling healthcare access and malaria incidence in low transmission settings using Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) in 2015. He has previously been involved in developing spatial databases of healthcare providers in several countries in East and Horn of Africa in addition to developing models healthcare utilisation using nationally representative household surveys, measuring malaria transmission and interventions. His current research interest is on improving measurement of malaria prevalence low transmission settings to support disease elimination initiatives.
Co-founder and Executive Director of the Flowminder Foundation. As part of his research on public health applications of information technology at Karolinska Institute, Dr. Bengtsson has conducted surveys and interventions using online and mobile networks in Vietnam and Haiti, and has additional field experience from Pakistan, Brazil, and Ethiopia. He has been working as Clinical Epidemiologist for the Gapminder Foundation.
Tomas Bird enjoys solving problems in statistical modeling and is particularly excited about the potential applications of geostatistical analyses. He currently works on methods for predicting the size and composition of human populations using household survey data and geospatial data. His academic trail has lead from a BSc in marine biology (University of British Columbia, Canada) to an MSc in biological oceanography (University of Victoria, Canada). This was followed by a PhD in ecological statistics (University of Melbourne, Australia), in which he developed Bayesian models for integrating multiple sources of capture-recapture data. He has also worked as a Diving and Safety Officer (Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Canada) and has a broad range of experience as a statistical consultant on ecological and epidemiological research.
Claudio Bosco graduated in 2002 from the University of Milan in natural sciences. Since 2003, working for many different research organizations, he has specialized in GIS analysis and environmental modelling with a special focus on climate change scenarios. From December 2006 to October 2008 Claudio worked as Researcher at the Catholic University of Brescia where he applied modelling techniques aimed at a quantitative estimation of soil erosion trends, over the alpine region under different climate change scenarios. From October 2008 to September 2011 he worked as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, managing the activities linked with the European Digital archive of Soil Maps and with soil erosion modelling. In October 2011, Claudio undertook a PhD project on integrating deterministic and stochastic modelling techniques using geospatial array programming, for enhancing soil erosion and landslides modelling. At the present he is in the writing up period of his PhD at Loughborough University. Over the last few years Claudio has taught on university courses at undergraduate level at the University of Varese (Italy) (Geographic Information Systems), Loughborough University (UK) (Hydraulics) and the Catholic University of Brescia (Italy) (Physics of the Earth’s Environment). Claudio is currently a Senior Research Assistant at the department of Geography and Environment of the University of Southampton where he is working on the new data2x program of the UN Foundation.
Maksym Bondarenko received a MSc in Applied Mathematics from Kharkiv State University. He also received his master's degree in Software Development from Department of Programming of Kharkov University, Ukraine in 2004. He completed his PhD in Computational Mathematics (Fluid Dynamics), at the University of Southampton in 2008. During a research fellowship, he was in charge of managing the lifecycle of the High Energy Physics Model Database (HEPMDB) project. HEPMDB acts as a central storage, calculation and dissemination point for the data produced by High Energy Physics (HEP) tools. Currently, Maksym Bondarenko works as a Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton where his research activities focus on development of the computational architecture for the efficient and rapid production of high resolution large area population distribution datasets, from the management of a large number of global coverage spatial datasets to the efficient implementation of differing types of statistical models that integrate them, to the delivery of output spatial datasets and accompanying metadata.
Alessandra Carioli completed her BA in Social and Economic Disciplines at Bocconi University (2004), and her MSc in Social and Economic Disciplines at Bocconi University (2006). Between 2006 and 2008 she worked as junior researcher at Synergia and at Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics working on survey methodology on issues of poverty. In 2009 she completed a MSc in Demography at Stockholm University. In 2010, Alessandra moved to the Population Research Centre in Groningen to start her PhD on spatial aspects of fertility, forecasting approaches, and modeling of fertility, which broadly focusses on the spatial heterogeneity of fertility dynamics in European countries, with particular attention to Spain. She collaborates with CED (Spain) on issues of spatial econometrics and is an editor and contributor to Demotrends. She is a lecturer in Disease Modeling at Department of Global Health AMC, University of Amsterdam and coeditor of Demotrends. Her interests and areas of expertise include: spatial econometrics, forecasting, classical demography, visual display of quantitative information. Alessandra is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, focussing on high resolution mapping.
Heather Chamberlain has a background in Geography, with a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing from the University of Southampton. Her MSc research project was focused on assessing the risk from malaria importation associated with population mobility in southern Zimbabwe. Since completing her MSc, Heather has worked with Flowminder and WorldPop as a GIS Technician.
Donna Clarke has a background in landscape ecology and modelling the response of animal communities to environmental change, using a wide range of statistical modelling techniques. Donna completed a BSc in Natural Resource Management (Deakin University, Melbourne), a BSc Honours in Conservation Biology (Deakin University, Melbourne), and a PhD in conservation biology (Deakin University, Melbourne), which worked with mark-recapture data, assessing the impacts of powerline corridor management on small mammal and vegetation communities. She has worked at the University of Southampton on assessing the environmental impacts of a range of bioenergy technologies, at the farm and UK scale, and assessing the effectiveness of landscape-scale conservation efforts on UK wildlife. Donna has also worked on a number of projects as an ecological consultant. She is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, focussing on the spatial estimation and composition of populations.
Elisabeth zu Erbach-Schoenberg received a Diploma (combined Bachelor's and Master's degree) in Bioinformatics from the University of Jena (Germany) in 2009. Following this she completed a PhD (2014) at the Institute for Complex Systems Simulation, University of Southampton, studying the dynamics of social networks. She is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Department of Geography and Environment of the University of Southampton. Her work focuses on the analysis of large datasets aiming to quantify population movements.
Natalia Tejedor Garavito received a BSc.(Hons) in Applied Geography (2006) and an MSc. in Environmental Practice: Biodiversity Conservation (2007) at Bournemouth University, where she also completed her PhD (2014) on the impact of climate change on montane forests. For 10 years, Natalia has been collecting, collating, and analysing large data sets to build models that predict and evaluate changes in the distribution of species and forests in different parts of the world. As a WorldPop Research Fellow in the GeoData Institute of the University of Southampton, Natalia focuses on providing GIS support on maternal and newborn health mapping and migration mapping projects.
Andrea E. Gaughan completed a B.A. in English with a concentration in Environmental Studies at Furman University in 2003. She then went on to complete a M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in the Department of Geography at the University of Florida focused on understanding coupled human-environment interactions for developing regions of the world where conservation and development issues strongly influence land-use decisions and subsequent land-cover change. In 2011, she took a position as a post-doctoral associate with Dr. Ricardo Holdo in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri to investigate appropriate modeling and remotely-sensing techniques for tree-grass dynamics in the Serengeti. She then began a post-doctoral position in 2012 with Dr. Andy Tatem, directing the AsiaPop extension of the WorldPop project to develop new geostatistical methodologies to map human population distribution. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky and recent work involves modeling and remote sensing applications for population mapping, land-change and climate issues for coupled human-environment systems.
Sophie Hanspal received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Southampton in 2014. While completing an MSc in Social Statistics at the University in Southampton (2015-16), Sophie developed a strong interest for access to health care services in low income countries. Sophie is particularly interested in maternal and newborn health. Currently, Sophie works with WorldPop as a Survey Data Technician to assist in undertaking household survey management and processing for different population mapping projects.
Dorothea Heim has a background in Geography and using spatial data analysis to gain understanding of environmental systems and the effectiveness of nature conservation techniques.
Thea completed a BSc in Geography and Nature Conservation (University of Freiburg, Germany) and a MSc in Geomatics (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany) with a focus on geographic information systems and remote sensing.
Since January 2016 Thea has been working at the GeoData Institute at the University of Southampton where she works on a wide range of GIS projects and delivers GIS training courses. Since November 2016 she is also working on the WorldPop project providing GIS support on migration mapping.
Graeme Hornby completed a BA (hons) International Relations with Development Studies, in 1999. With a long held interest in international and environmental issues he embarked on a period of travel which led to several years working for an environmental consultancy in the middle east. As part of a small team he gained experience through all stages of the project cycle, but over time he developed an increasing specialism for GIS, mapping and cartography, field survey logistics, data collection and data management. Graeme now works at the GeoData Institute at the University of Southampton, where in addition to working on the WorldPop project, he also leads GIS training courses. Graeme is currently studying for an MSc in GIS, on a distance learning basis. For Graeme, working on the WorldPop project holds the promise of fascinating insights to a range of international issues.
William James is a multi-disciplinary GIS user, initially graduating with a BSc in Physical Geography from the University of Leeds and the University of Queensland in 2010. This was followed by an MSc in GIS for Catchment Dynamics and Management in the School of Geography, University of Leeds. After this he was employed in the transport planning and route optimisation sector, working with local authorities across the UK to reduce vehicle mileage and carbon emissions. He has recently completed a PhD in GIS applications for glaciology, automating processes for estimating ice thickness, specifically in New Zealand. He is currently a research technician in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton, working on the high resolution global mapping of women of childbearing age, pregnancies and births for Zika burden estimation
Warren C. ("Chris") Jochem joined the WorldPop team in 2016 to contribute to poverty mapping and spatial demographic analyses. His research focuses on developing and applying quantitative spatial methods to explore the geographic patterns of human health and disease, particularly how social, economic, and political contexts shape human-environment interactions. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder (USA), studying the social and spatial patterns of exposure to arsenic-contaminated drinking water and resulting health impacts in rural Bangladesh. Previously he worked with the Geographic Information Science and Technology group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on high spatial/temporal resolution population distribution models.
Adam King graduated in 2015 from the University of Louisville with a B.S. Mathematics/B.A. Philosophy and is currently a masters student in Applied Geography at the University of Louisville. His geographical research interests include human population mapping, remote sensing, statistics, and human mobility. His primary role at Worldpop is assisting in the construction of yearly global population datasets between 1990 and 2010.
Shengjie Lai graduated with a Bachelor’s of Medicine from Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China in 2006, and received his masters degree in Epidemiology and Health Statistics from the China CDC in 2009. He then joined the China CDC, and has served as a Chief of branch in the Division of Infectious Diseases since 2013. He also completed a two-year professional training in Thailand on the International Field Epidemiology Training Programme jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health Thailand, World Health Organization, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.A., Jun 2011 –May 2013. He is collaborating with Dr. Tatem on China population mapping 1990-2010 under the WorldPop project since 2013. This led to his current PhD pursuits on the topic of population movement and infectious disease dynamics at the University of Southampton where he will continue to be part of WorldPop.
Catherine Linard graduated in Geographical Sciences at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium) in 2005. She completed her PhD thesis on spatial and integrated modelling of complex disease systems at the Department of Geography of the UCL in January 2009. She was then a post-doctoral fellow of the Wiener-Anspach Foundation for two years at the Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford and worked on the production of detailed human population distribution maps for Africa (AfriPop project). Since October 2011, she is now a post-doctoral fellow at the “Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique” (FNRS, Brussels, Belgium) and is based in the Biological Control and Spatial Ecology Lab of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium). Her current research activities focus on the modelling of urban growth in sub-Saharan Africa and on the impact of urban growth on P. falciparum malaria transmission.
Chris graduated in 2003 with an MSci in GeoScience from Keele University, UK. Since then he has worked in a variety of sectors gaining experience in both scientific and non-scientific technical and logistical support roles. In 2007 he resumed academic study, and subsequently gained an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Remote Sensing & Image Processing. From 2008 to 2015 Chris was a PhD candidate within the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, where he used GIS extensively in order to explore topographical and lithological controls upon the location and size of glacial overdeepenings (erosional depressions in the landscape that are created by glaciers). In 2015 Chris was appointed Research Fellow in the Department of Geography & Environment, University of Southampton, focusing on assessing the environmental and socioeconomic representativeness of networks of health surveillance sites across Africa and Asia. His work entails mainly spatial data collection, assembly, processing, and management, in support of modelling population distribution.
Christopher Lourenço completed a BA in biochemistry-molecular biology from Boston University in 2004. While continuing at BU as a laboratory researcher, he completed his MPH in 2008 concentrating in infectious disease epidemiology. This sparked his interest in global health and after gaining programme management experience in Boston, he brought his skills together as a malaria analyst for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in 2011. He was then stationed in Namibia for 3 years where he became a technical advisor for their national vector-borne diseases control programme and assisted the country in malaria elimination strategies and training. Through the work with CHAI in Namibia, Chris collaborated with Dr. Tatem on a project involving population mobility and its utility in malaria elimination planning and surveillance system construction. This led to his current Ph.D. pursuits at the University of Southampton where this research will continue in collaboration with CHAI and WorldPop.
Jeremiah J. Nieves is a first year Masters of Applied Geography student focusing on applications of spatial statistics and health geographies at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. In 2013, he earned his BS in Applied Geography (GIS) at the University of Louisville and spent 2014 studying Biostatistics as applied to public health at the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health. His primary research role within WorldPop consists of investigating further refinements of methods and data sources and the integration of current methods to leverage the resources provided by Google's Compute Engine. Additional research involvements include investigating the roles of transportation and sociodemographics on followup rates for newborn hearing screening in the state of New Jersey. General research interests include healthcare access disparities, network analysis, spatial modelling, spatial analysis, and R and Python programming with potential applications to public health and medical geography.
Jamie O'Donnell completed his undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Exeter in 2014 before moving on to a Masters in Applied GIS at the University of Sheffield. His academic work has focused on the use of data and GIS in disasters with a Masters dissertation developing an android-based tsunami vulnerability assessment. He has experience working on humanitarian mapping and information management with both the British Red Cross and MSF.
Nirav Patel graduated with B.A.s in Philosophy and Geography from the University of Florida in August 2011. He just finished a M.Sc. in Geography (May 2013) from the University of Florida working with AsiaPop datasets in evaluating accessibility to health care for HIV/AIDS and TB patients for the Government of Gujarat State, India. While completing his Masters, Nirav worked with the World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Division to develop AsiaPop datasets for 27 countries. In Summer 2013, Nirav represented the AfriPop project at NASA's Langley Research Center on two Earth Science projects for the Republic of Rwanda. Nirav is currently working in a research position at the University of Pavia, evaluating potential applications of Google Earth Engine for the use of the WorldPop project.
Carla has a PhD in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development at Dept. of Politics, Institutions and History and Dept. of Statistics,Università di Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum, Italy. During her studies she gained a multidisciplinary profile ranging from development economics to Sub Saharan Africa History. Since the beginning of her Master in International Cooperation in 2005 she focused on Population Issues in Developing countries, and specifically adolescent fertility, maternal reproductive behavior and health facilities in sub Saharan African Countries. Her PhD thesis aimed at analysing the geographic and socioeconomic determinants of accessing health care facilities by young women in Kenya. In 2010 she was visiting research fellow at the Dept. of Social Statistics and Demography of the School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, for six months. She was appointed as a Research Fellow in Geography and Environment, University of Southampton in 2013, to work on the "High resolution gridded poverty surface development" Project. Now she is mainly undertaking household survey management, processing and analysis for different population mapping projects. Carla has also experience in International Organizations. She was Research Assistant at the Evaluation Unit of the International Labour Organization in Geneva for six months in 2012.
Cori Ruktanonchai received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee in 2009. After working as a Teaching Assistant in Microbiology at the University of Florida, she became interested in human health and disease ecology, and completed a Master of Public Health degree at UF in 2012. She continued to work for the Department of Epidemiology as Research Statistician, where her responsibilities broadly included data management for the community-engaged organisation, HealthStreet, and data analysis in the field of mental health and substance use. Currently, Cori works with WorldPop as a Senior Research Assistant, where she utilises spatially explicit approaches to develop high resolution maps of relevance to maternal and newborn health in East Africa.
Nick Ruktanonchai received a Bachelor’s of Science in biology from Centre College in 2008, where he became interested in the intersection of ecology and human health. He then completed a PhD in 2014 at the University of Florida, also in biology, where he focused on mosquito behaviour and its implications for spatial disease transmission patterns. Broadly speaking, his research interests include understanding human and mosquito movement, and how movement interacts with environmental heterogeneity to drive mosquito-borne disease transmission. He is currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, and is continuing his work in collaboration with WorldPop and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
Jason Sadler is a Computer Scientist with experience of a wide variety of the languages, tools and techniques of Software Engineering. For over 20 years, he has worked on research IT infrastructure development at the University of Southampton's GeoData Institute - areas of expertise include Project Management, Software Architectures and Engineering, System and Network Management, IT Strategy, Internet Security, Web development, Database design, Systems Integration, Geospatial data management and Spatial Data Infrastructure, Semantic Web. Jason leads the GeoData team developing the WorldPop Project website, portal and data management infrastructure.
Sada Saxton is a project management professional with a focus on international development projects, capacity building, and knowledge management. Previously, she worked for an international leadership and sustainability capacity building NGO, managed sustainable livelihoods project on Great Nicobar Island in India, and worked for Nottingham University Business School. Sada was a knowledge management consultant for UKaid-funded good governance programme in Nigeria, where she developed programme's intranet, and worked on mechanisms for effective knowledge exchange and transfer. Sada has a Master's degree in Social Sciences and Public Administration from Binghamton University, USA.
Alessandro Sorichetta graduated in Geological Sciences at the University of Camerino (Italy) in October 2001. From April 2004 to September 2007 he worked as Research Scholar at the City University of New York where he uses GIS spatial analysis to study the tectonic evolution of transform faults. From May 2006 to September 2007, he also worked as Research Assistant at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network of Columbia University where he participated to the Global Rural Urban Mapping Project and contributed to develop a new approach to estimate urban extents, classify intraurban areas, and detect urban changes using DSM-QuikSCAT/SeaWinds Data. In February 2011, he obtained a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Milan focused on advancing the use of spatial statistical methods to assess groundwater vulnerability. From April 2012 to December 2013 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission where he did research in the field of Spatial Data Infrastructure to improve multidisciplinary interoperability in the framework of GEOSS. He is currently a Research Fellow at Department of Geography and Environment of the University of Southampton where he is mainly involved in the WorldPop and Human Mobility Mapping Projects.
Jessica Steele received a B.S. in Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Michigan Technological University in 2001. She received 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 modeling using hyperspectral and multispectral satellite imagery in combination with field measurements collected in southern Africa. During this time she also worked to collect household-level livelihood data for villages in Botswana and Namibia. Also she worked on developing statistical models for predicting invasive species spread in the Florida Everglades. Jessica currently works as a Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton where her research activities focus on developing approaches to improve high resolution poverty mapping using mobile phone data.
Forrest R. Stevens graduated with a B.A. in Biology, specializing in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Chicago in 1998. He received his M.S. in Geography from the University of Florida in 2009. His Ph.D. research, also conducted as a student at the University of Florida in the Department of Geography, focused on environmental management and modeling across multiple scales, with an emphasis on applications to Land Change Science and Human-Environment interactions. As a WorldPop team member he focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations and integrating diverse data sources using novel statistical methods to advance our population modeling and mapping efforts. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
Andy Tatem completed his PhD within the Department of Electronics at the University of Southampton UK, developing approaches for sub-pixel land cover mapping from satellite imagery. In 2002 he took up a position as a Research Officer at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford UK, developing demographic and disease datasets to support the Malaria Atlas Project. In 2009 he moved to a faculty position at the Emerging Pathogens Institute and Department of Geography at the University of Florida, where he initiated the AfriPop, AsiaPop and AmeriPop population mapping projects, as well as undertaking work on population mobility and its implications for malaria transmission and elimination. In 2013 he moved back to the University of Southampton as a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. His recent work is focused on the application of spatial demographics in malaria burden estimation, maternal and newborn health and poverty mapping, as well as the dispersal of diseases and their vectors through global transport networks and quantifying population movements in relation to disease dynamics. He directs the WorldPop and Vector-borne Disease Airport Importation Risk Tool Projects and is a board member of the Flowminder Foundation.
Dana Thomson completed a BA in Geography at George Washington University (2008), then worked briefly as a GIS Specialist with the MeasureDHS Project and World Bank. While completing an MSc in Global Health at Harvard School of Public Health (2011), Dana contributed GIS and survey design skills to community-based research teams in Mumbai, India and Idjwi Island, DRC which motivated her interest in research capacity building. For the next 4 years, Dana worked with the Global Health Research Core at Harvard Medical School to provide spatial, demographic, and epidemiological research support to dozens of health program research teams in lower-income countries. For 1.5 of those years, Harvard seconded her time to the University of Rwanda where she supported research capacity building, focusing on survey design, secondary data analysis, and paper writing. With an eye toward program and policy evaluation in resource-constrained settings, Dana's PhD at University of Southampton will evaluate the accuracy and feasibility of using gridded population data, rather than census data, for selecting household survey samples.
Julia Thorley holds a BSc in Environmental Geography from University College London and received her MSc in GIS with Remote Sensing from the University of Greenwich in 2016. Julia's previous work has predominantly focussed on applying GIS to tropical forest conservation and land-use planning projects as part of the UN-REDD Programme and within the private sector. She has joined the WorldPop project as a Research Technician based in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton, where she is focussed on mapping vaccination coverages in low income countries.
Nicola Wardrop is a spatial epidemiologist, with experience in the use of epidemiological and environmental data, spatial analysis and geostatistical modelling to provide better understanding of infectious disease distributions. She is particularly interested in the application of these methods to diseases with complex transmission cycles, such as multi-host or vector-borne diseases, in resource poor settings. Her recent areas of focus include cysticercosis, Q fever, podoconiosis and drinking water contamination. Nicola's background includes a BSc in Medical Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh (2003), an MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2004), a PhD in spatial epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh (2010) and professional experience in disease surveillance at the Health Protection Agency. Nicola is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, focussing on the spatial estimation of age structured populations.
Co-founder and Chairman of the Flowminder Foundation. Dr. Wetter has a position as Assistant Professor at Stockholm School of Economics where he for several years was teaching courses on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Assessment. Erik has also been affiliated with Sciences Po Paris as well as the Swedish National Defence College where he was working on various topics relating to data collection methods and effects measurement in low-and middle income countries (LMIC).