Dr Ruth Hamilton

School of Geography and Planning

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Dr Ruth Hamilton
School of Geography and Planning
Room D26b
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

My background is in biology; having completed an MSc in Biological Computation at the University of York, I then studied for a PhD in the Population Dynamics of Viral Infections. Following this I spent several years doing post-doctoral research in theoretical ecology with a particular interest in host-parasite interactions.

After a short career break, I decided to retrain in the field of GIS at Sheffield Hallam University. The field allows me to utilise much of the technical expertise I developed as a biological scientist with a wide range of new questions and datasets.

My career path has also included stints in the civil service and publishing adding skills in copy-editing, proofreading and Pivot tables to my existing skillset which includes expertise in R, qGIS, ArcGIS and a variety of programming languages.

Research interests

My primary research interests are in the geographic analysis of commuting patterns and labour markets, the use of social media and volunteered geographic information as a research tool, and methodological innovations in GIS.


  • Connecting urban labour markets and deprived neighbourhoods


Teaching activities

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • TRP620, Open Source GIS and Spatial Data Analysis
  • TRP621, Advanced GIS Methods
  • TRP622, The Professional GIS Project
  • TRP623, Applications of GIS