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Steven Godby

Steven Godby

Acting Head of Department

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Godby is the Programmes Manager for the Environment Team and Programme Leader for BSc (Honours) Geography. He teaches on the MSc Biodiversity Surveying Programme. Dr Godby is also Module Leader for:

  • Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management
  • Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
  • Drylands: Geomorphology and Life at the Margins

Career overview

As a volunteer with the UK-based charity MapAction, Dr Godby deployed to Jamaica in August 2007 as part of a team providing mapping support to the United Nations and local emergency management authorities in the wake of Hurricane Dean. He remains on standby to deploy with MapAction anywhere in the world at any time.

Research areas

Areas of research interest include:

  • Aeolian geomorphology and dryland environments
  • Aeolian palaeoenvironments
  • Nature and history of inland dunes found in Breckland
  • Mapping in support of humanitarian operations, particularly rapid-onset disasters
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (including GPS)
  • Dust control in the minerals industry

Past topics supervised include: Late-Devensian coversands and ventifacts in eastern England, and tactile mapping for the blind and visually impaired. Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD or MSc by research exist in all the areas identified above and in associated interdisciplinary areas. Informal enquiries may be directed to Jillian Labadz and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:

  • MapAction
  • EU (HARMLESS Project)
  • The University of Sheffield

Press expertise

  • Natural hazards
  • Sand dunes
  • Cartography
  • Deserts
  • Disasters
  • Disaster assessment
  • Disaster management
  • Drylands
  • Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Geographical information systems
  • GPS
  • Satellite navigation
  • Map
  • Aeolian processes
  • Impacts of drought, dust storms, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, storms, tropical cyclones, tsunamis and volcanoes.