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School of Geography

Rachel Oldroyd Rachel Oldroyd

Contact details

Room 10.135 Manton
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33309

Student hours:
Thursday 9 -5pm, Friday 9 -5pm, alternate Wednesdays 9am-5pm

Research overview

Public health applications are attracting significant interest in the data science literature.  For example, movement data from mobile telephone calls has been identified as a means to track the spread of infections from influenza to Ebola. The content of social media messages has been explored to detect illness and infection related to food, and to impute the risk of infection from visiting specific establishments.  This project will work in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  Assessment of the quality, cleanliness and hygiene of establishments is an important part of the remit of the FSA.  Spatial analytic models will be tested and evaluated, with the ability to assess health risks, providing a valuable means to prioritise scarce resources for health inspection, and which could provide a means for rapid and early detection of problems in a specific location or neighbourhood.


ESRC White Rose DTC Network Studentship

Conferences Attended

  • BCS Conference, September 2015, York, UK
  • BSPS Conference, September 2015, Leeds, UK
  • FOSS4Ge Conference, July 2015, Como, Italy
  • ESRI User Conference, June 2015, London, UK
  • GISRUK Conference, April 2015, Leeds, UK
  • Student Education Conference, January 2015, Leeds, UK
  • FOSS4Ge Conference, July 2014, Bremen Germany
  • GISRUK Conference, April 2014, Glasgow, UK

Training Attended

  • Mobile Learning at Leeds, University of Leeds, 2013
  • Demonstrating and Teaching in Labs, University of Leeds, 2013
  • Supervising Taught Student Dissertations, University of Leeds, 2013
  • Assessing Student Work: Science and Engineering, University of Leeds, 2014
  • Evaluating and Developing your own Teaching, University of Leeds, 2014
  • Using the VLE in your Teaching, University of Leeds, 2014
  • Student Diversity Inclusion and Support, University of Leeds, 2014
  • Designing Learning Activities, University of Leeds, 2014
  • Managing a Social Media Presence on Behalf of the University, University of Leeds, 2015
  • Equality and Diversity, University of Leeds, 2015
  • PGR Publications Masterclass, University of Leeds 2015
  • Developing your Research Profile, University of Leeds 2015
  • How Vital are your Statistics? University of Leeds 2016 

Workshops Delivered

Lomax N. and Oldroyd R. 2015. Using GIS for Population Research. British Society for Population Studies. 7 September. 

Lovelace R. and Oldroyd R. 2015. R for Spatial Data. Free Open Source Software for Geospatial: Europe. 14 July.

Oldroyd, R. 2015. Using GIS to Teach Geography. Leeds Learning Network Subject Leader Development Meeting. 17 June.



Lovelace, Robin. & Oldroyd, Rachel. 2015. Teaching R as a GIS: problems, solutions and lessons learned. Free Open Source Software for Geospatial: Europe, 14-17 July, Politecnico di Milano, Como, Italy.

Oldroyd, R. 2016. Identifying cases of food borne illness via online syndromic surveillance. Poster presented at the Big Data Analytics Workshop, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds.