Mrs Michelle Spruce
Telephone: 01392 723624
Extension: (Streatham) 3624
I am a final year PhD student, supervised by Prof Hywel Williams, working on projects to detect, locate and understand the impact of environmental hazards using social media. In particular I am interested in the social impacts of extreme weather events.
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.
Recent projects include:
- Collation of Twitter data on named storms in the UK to understand the impacts from such events, such as changes in sentiment and type of Twitter posts.
- Working with the Met Office to produce Global Hazard Maps using Twitter data, detecting, locating and understanding the impacts of these events as described by Twitter users.
- Using social media to understand the impacts of high temperatures during heatwaves in cities, in particular the impact on disadvantaged communities to identify where interventiion and support may be needed.