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Mrs Michelle Spruce



Telephone: 01392 723624

Extension: (Streatham) 3624

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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.