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Dr Duncan Whyatt

Senior Lecturer

Duncan Whyatt

Lancaster University

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 510239

Research overview

Duncan is a geographer who uses Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to study air pollution at national, regional and local scales.   He uses the GIS to visualise, integrate and analyse spatial data from a variety of different sources including pollution models, environmental data and socio-economic data.  He also works with other staff and students across Lancaster Environment Centre on spatial problems.

Published research

Duncan has published over 70 peer reviewed journal papers, including a publication from his PhD which was selected as one of the 16 most influential papers in the British Cartographic Journal over the last 50 years.  He publishes in a wide range of geospatial journals including Applied Geography, Transactions in GIS and Remote Sensing of the Environment and pollution journals including Atmospheric Environment, Science of the Total Environment and Environmental Pollution. 

Duncan is an advocate of GIS being applied across the breadth of disciplines studied within the Lancaster Environment Centre and has supervised PhD students in fields as diverse as coastal management, urban development, landscape ecology, renewable energy and mapping trends in social media.

Duncan has received funding for his research from a range of organisations including:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC)
  • The Environment Agency

Current research

Duncan’s current research projects include:

  • NERC funded ‘Quantifying the risks of tree failure to guide proactive management and increase the resilience of electricity distribution networks’
  • ESRC funded ‘Belfast Mobility Project: Intergroup contact, segregation and the time-geography of sectarian relations in Belfast’
  • Environment Agency funded ‘Breath Easier: Resolving critical air quality problems with directional passive sampling’


Duncan is lead admissions tutor for undergraduate programmes in Geography


Duncan’s teaching includes:

  • First year undergraduate module: Geographical Skills
  • Second year undergraduate module: Spatial Analysis and GIS
  • Third year undergraduate module: GIS: Principles and Practice
  • Third year undergraduate module: Dissertation with Work Placement
  • Masters level module: Geoinformatics

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