Mr Ollie Ballinger
Lecturer (Teaching) in Geocomputation
Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 11th Oct 2021
Ollie has worked as a Data Analyst/Research Assistant on projects at the Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations, the Blavatnik School of Government, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.
As co-director of the Rhodes Artificial Intelligence Lab, he led a project with the UN World Food Programme and built a tool that identifies informal settlements using supervised classification and freely available inputs.
Ollie currently teaches Quantitative Methods 2: Data Science and Visualisation (BASC0005 - Undergraduate), Spatial Data Capture, Storage and Analysis (CASA0009 - Masters Level), Data Science for Spatial Systems (CASA0006 - Masters Level).
He's tutored courses on Non-Violent Resistance Movements (BA History and Politics) at Wadham College, Oxford, as well as Quantitative Research Methods (MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy) at the Oxford Department for International Development.
- Oxford University
- Doctorate, DPhil |
Ollie is currently finishing his PhD at the Oxford Department of International Development, where his research focuses on leveraging computational methods to understand the drivers of insurgent recruitment in Turkey. A quantitative social scientist by training, he is interested in the use of remote sensing and spatial data science to analyse the social world.
Ollie is a big fan of open source software development, research, and investigative work. He built an image processing library in Python that uses deep learning to turn unstructured image data into a social network graph based on co-appearance in photographs. He also occasionally writes for Bellingcat, and recently co-wrote an open source investigation into pollution by multinational oil companies in Iraq. In his free time, he writes blog posts on all things spatial, from building a 3D model of the Beirut explosion to using street lamps to correct visual bias in election maps.