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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Dr Ian Greatbatch

School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
Position: Associate Professor


I teach GIS, Disaster Management and Search and Rescue to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Kingston University. I work on a number of research projects concerning Fire and Search & Rescue, and also a long-term project within coastal geomorphology.

I currently supervise 2 research students and am the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Search and Rescue. I am an advisor to two Search and Rescue organisations, and remain a lifeboatman with the RNLI.

I have have lead the Eddley Search Target project and am continuing to use the targets for a variety of research applications.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2004 - 2008 PhD
  • 2001 - 2004 MPhil
  • 1998 - 2001 BSc

Research Interests

My main research interest is primarily Search and Rescue, Fire and Rescue and the application of GIS to the disciplines involved. I am also involved in some coastal geomorphological research on the North Norfolk coast and maintain a general interest in geography and GIS.

Teaching Area

Geographic Information Systems, Search and Rescue, Professional Training for Disaster Management, PhD Supervision


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