James Beard


Contact: j.beard@ucl.ac.uk

: Databases, mobile electronic data collection, data management with Stata, GIS

Biography: James currently splits his time between Malawi and Nepal, providing, amongst other things, on-site support for a district-wide vital events surveillance system in Malawi and for a trial of interventions to improve birth weight in Nepal. After graduating in physics from the University of Bristol, James spent some years at companies that developed software for data collection and analysis, where his roles included programming, IT management and user support. James then spent three years in Tanzania, first as an IT volunteer at a regional hospital, then working at a school. From 2002 until 2009, James was at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, first based in London, then in Tanzania (and also worked in 8 other African countries). His roles at LSHTM included implementing study databases, data management, setting up IT infrastructure at field sites, assisting with the development of algorithms for the prediction of epidemic malaria and training & mentoring. James joined UCL in 2009, initially assisting partners in Bangladesh and Nepal with the data management of large existing datasets and in setting up new databases. More recently he has been heavily involved in setting up systems using mobile phones for data collection, and for processing the resulting data. He welcomes opportunities to share skills with colleagues both in UCL and partner organisations and (when asked) teaches a one day introductory GIS course.