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Mrs Michelle Spruce



Telephone: 01392 723624

Extension: (Streatham) 3624

I am a first year PhD student, supervised by Hywel Williams, working on a project to detect, locate and understand the impact of environmental hazards using social media.

I graduated in 2001 with a First Class Physics degree from Durham University then worked in the Met Office as an Operational Meteorologist for the RAF.  Since leaving the Met Office I have worked in both the private and public sectors, spending 10 years working as a Data Analyst and Strategic Planning manager at the University of Chester, Manchester Metropolitan University and most recently the University of Exeter.  Having completed a Masters Degree in Information Systems (with distinction) in 2015 I have now returned to full time study and commenced an EPSRC funded PhD.

I am currently working on producing Global Hazard Maps using Twitter data, detecting, locating and understanding the impacts of these events as described by Twitter users during and after an extreme weather event has occured.  I am also collating data on named storms in the UK to understand how sentiment changes during a named storm event and the impacts from such events.