Farouk Umar

Farouk Umar

Thesis Title: Profiling Access to Healthcare Facilities in Kano State, Nigeria
Supervisor: Dr Daniel Vickers and Dr Daniel Hammett
Funding: Bayero University Kano
(TETFund Special Intervention)

Current Research

My PhD research aims at feeding back to academic debates on healthcare provision for disadvantaged populations. The research also aims at improving access to healthcare facilities through modelling the distribution of healthcare facilities based on population needs with the use of GIS techniques. Furthermore, it investigates the relations between MDG, SDG and WHO unrealistic targets on accessing healthcare based on the fact that the resources do not exist and having the target is not helping.

Wider Research Interest

  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Social and Spatial Inequalities
  • Development Geography
  • Healthcare Geography


Presenter: An Appraisal of Annual Food Production and Its Sufficiency to Peasant Farmers in Kano State: International Conference on Drylands (Centre for Dryland and Agriculture, Bayero University Kano) Oct 2014

International Conference on Future of Energy Use in Nigeria’s Dry Land: Challenges and Opportunities (Bayero University Kano) Nov 2012

Education and Experience

Academic Background

MSc Geographical Information Systems, University of Leicester, UK (2011)
Dissertation: Spatial Analysis of Leicester City Football Club Customers (Profiling and Identifying Market Growth Opportunities)

BSc Geography, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria (2009)
Dissertation: Spatial Distribution and Utilisation of Football Viewing Centres in Kano State, Nigeria

Professional Background

Lecturer - Department of Geography, Bayero University Kano in Nigeria Apr 2012 to date

Teaching GIS and remote sensing at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Participation in field classes. Project supervision for undergrad and professional masters. Responsibilities such as level coordination and exams office.

GIS Analyst - Environmental Resource Survey Limited, Nigeria Feb-Sep 2010

Digitising of maps. Processing of raw data obtained from field. Image analysis of satellite data. Survey of plots and farm parcels.

Teaching: (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield)

Geo 258 Geographies of DevelopmentGeo 262 Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing