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Kurtis Garbutt

Kurtis Garbutt

Kurtis Garbutt

Data Scientist

As Data Scientist in the Endometriosis CaRe Centre, reporting to Dr Krina Zondervan and Dr Christian M. Becker, I am responsible for overall data collection, management, and analysis in both the ENDOX and FENOX studies, including further development of the online REDCap data-entry system, further development of the Sapphire biological sample database, optimising and formatting data collection forms, quality control and data protection and security, data extraction and analysis, and content updating of the Endometriosis CaRe Centre’s website.

I am currently a Research Engineer working on an EngD in the Urban Sustainability & Resilience Centre (USAR), which is part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) at University College London (UCL) and a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford. In 2017, I was a Research Assistant on a social network analysis project in the Department of International Development at University of Oxford, where my work aimed to explore the social media networks and interactions of Islamic scholars and their followers. Through the use of data scraping in R and Python, the project aimed to measure the influence of Islamic authority online, building up a global profile of scholars and their followers.

My research focuses on the use of open source data, mapping and agent-based modelling to examine vulnerability and assist NGOs respond to hazards. In 2012, I received a full EngD studentship from USAR and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to work with the British Red Cross (BRC) on a project aimed at creating a geographical information system (GIS) tool to support the BRC’s flood response work and improve the understanding of urban resilience in vulnerable people/the elderly in times of crisis.

My professional work, particularly my work at the BRC, has been a mix of qualitative and quantitative research, as well as organisation and administration. My role at the BRC as a Lead Researcher (2010-2012) on a national floods research study aimed at enhancing the voluntary sector’s collective understanding of the needs of flood affected individuals and communities with a view to understanding how they are impacted and how recovery is best supported.

I work with a number of NGOs to facilitate NGO/academic collaboration and research and have a keen interest in mapping, open source and ‘non-traditional’ data and the use of the Internet to examine geodemographics, digital access and representation, and aid development work.