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Alistair Leak

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MRES/PhD TITLE

Data Mining to Understand International Dimensions to Online Identity

CURRENT RESEARCH

My current work seeks to exploit the space-time component of online social media as a means to make inference about real-world populations. The study employs heuristics developed within UCL to assign key identity characteristics to individuals based on their extracted forename-surname pairs. The resultant information has a multitude of applications including the development of time-aware models of population activity; a feature valuable in a range of crime and security.

PREVIOUS DEGREES

  • B.Sc Geographical Information Systems (Kingston)(2008 - 2011)
  • M.Res Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation (UCL)(2011 - 2012)
  • M.Res Security Science (UCL)(2012 - 2013)

PREVIOUS JOBS

  • Teaching Assistant - UCL 'Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis' and Geography

    • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (Masters Level)
    • GIS and Geodemographics
    • Principles of Spatial Analysis
    • Geographical Information Systems for Planners

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

Hungerford (Berkshire)

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

Having completed both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in GIS and spatial analysis my interest in pursuing an academic career developed as a result of my previous MRes project looking at national deprivation within the UK. Realising that I wished to pursue further study, I identified the SCDTC as an excellent location to further hone my own skills, and to gain significant applied skill within the field of security.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Geodemographics
  • Geographical Information Systems/Science
  • Security Science
  • Social Network Analysis

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

Alongside my academic development and research activities I actively partake in a range of water based sports including Kayaking, Sailing, and Dragon Boating. In all cases I am involved in youth coaching and have trained youth teams for London competitions.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

Following the completion of my PhD with SECReT, it is my intention to pursue an academic and consultancy led career. Within this role I aspire to develop real world experience through consulting and follow a teaching led role within academia.

FUNDING

My PhD is being funded by DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) and is part of their Big Data research call. 

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

  • ESRI USER Conference - London UK - 2008
  • International Crime Science Conference - London UK - 2012
  • Future Security 2012 - Bonn GER - 2012
  • Colloquium on Spatial Analysis - Copenhagen DK - 2013
  • GISRUK - Liverpool UK - 2013
  • Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference - London UK - 2013
  • European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography - Paris FR - 2013
  • International Crime Science Conference - London UK - 2013

Media Publications

CONTACT DETAILS

a.leak.11@ucl.ac.uk

Twitter @Alistair_Leak