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Dr Godwin Yeboah

Godwin Yeboah

Senior Research Fellow

 G dot Yeboah at warwick dot ac dot uk

 +44(0)24 761 50351

  R2.10, Ramphal Building, School of Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Dr Godwin Yeboah is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Sustainable Development based at the University of Warwick with interest in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary research across the thematic strands of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He uses mixed methods (particularly in GIS and socio-environmental research) to promote SDG-based research, policy and practice. His academic background is interdisciplinary in nature cutting across Geographic Information Science/GIS (PhD), Computer Science (MSc), Geoinformatics and Photogrammetry (MSc), Geomatic/Geodetic Engineering (BSc), and Social Science (Post-doc, PhD). He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), British Council UK Panel Member on Social Sciences (2015-2020), member of the State of the Map (SoTM) 2019 Academic Track Leading Scientific Committee, and currently part of SoTM 2020 Academic Track Leading Scientific Committee. He has lectured at both the Master of Science level (Urban Resilience, Disasters and Data; Water and Environment Management; Information Technology Infrastructure and Strategy) and Bachelor of Science level (GIS and Remote Sensing; Introduction to computers). Doctor Yeboah has recently led a large household level geospatial participatory mapping of health services in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Kenya to produce accurate maps of slums. Moreover, he has conducted participatory mapping and survey research in Cambodia (marine protected areas), Malawi (critical infrastructure for health systems), and UK (Sustainable urban infrastructure and population behaviour) where part of his research, which included the use of OpenStreetMap, was selected by the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and presented in the House of Commons.

Prior to joining the University of Warwick, Godwin worked in several roles in the UK, Germany, and Ghana (West Africa). He worked as Research Fellow in two academic institutions in the UK (University of Aberdeen, De Montfort University), Software Engineer in Germany as well as Geomatic Engineer and Lecturer in Ghana.

He is interested in SDG theme driven project collaboration as well as supervising/examining PhD/MSc research. He has served as an external MSc Thesis (Spatial Engineering) examiner at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He is currently a member of OSM Foundation, membership secretary of the Digital Geographies Research Group of the RGS-IBG, an ordinary committee member of the Geographic Information Science Research Group of the RGS-IBG, and guest editor of a special issue "OpenStreetMap as A Multi-Disciplinary Nexus: Perspectives, Practices and Procedures".

Co - Convenor | School for Cross-faculty Studies (SCFS) Research Seminar Series (
IGSD Representative | Research committee | School for Cross-faculty Studies | University of Warwick

Membership Secretary | Digital Geographies Research Group of the RGS-IBG (
Ordinary committee member | Geographic Information Science Research Group of the RGS-IBG

External MSc Thesis (Spatial Engineering) examiner at the University of Twente in the Netherlands

Member, OpenStreetMap Foundation

NIHR Global Health Unit on Improving Health in Slums at the University of Warwick (PI Richard Lilford/Warwick Medical School, £5.6m; Co-I Professor Porto de Albuquerque, managed budget £600K). National Institute for Health Research, awarded Jun 2017-Mar 2021. WP1: Geo-spatial mapping of health services in slums and working with partners in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan. Press release, Global Health Unit summary. Role: WP1 Co-lead.

Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) fund on “Integrated Deprived Area Mapping System (IDEAMAPS) Network”, May 2020 to April 2021. Reference: EP/T029900/1. £144,595. Co-Investigator.

Monash Warwick Alliance Research Catalyst Fund October 2019 Round with title “Sustainable Development of Informal Settlements and Citarum Basin Ecologies”, 03/02/2020 to 01/02/2021. $27,760 (Monash) and £16,080 (Warwick). Co-applicant.

Warwick Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Accelerator Fund on “Protected Areas and People: Exploring Perceived Wisdoms Surrounding Natural Resource Management and Sustainability”, 2020, £44k. Role: Co-Investigator.

Warwick GCRF Catalyst Fund on “Protected Areas and People: Exploring Perceived Wisdoms Surrounding Natural Resource Management and Sustainability”, July 2019, £12,000. Role: Co-Investigator.

Warwick GCRF Catalyst Fund on “Protected Areas and People: Impacts of design strategies on resource dependent communities”, 1st January 2019 – 31st July 2019, £16,300. Invited Co-Investigator.

Warwick ESRC Impact Acceleration Account International Development (IAA) NGO Data Fund: “Making sense of humanitarian geospatial data” (£7K), awarded September 2018-March 2019. A grant from the Impact Acceleration Account to discuss geospatial data and methodologies of making sense of them in partnership with Médicins-sans-Frontiers/Doctors without Borders (MSF UK), the British Red Cross, and the Bangladesh Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Operations Team.Co-applicant (Co-A)/Named Researcher (NR).

Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Award. Research development and feasibility for (Systems, Health, And Population Epidemiology in Neno (SHAPEN)) proposal/project in Neno, Malawi; Grant-writing workshop and visit to Malawi partners (Partners in Health). 2019. Co-applicant (Co-A). Grant: £2,880.

Technology Strategy Board Innovate UK (Integrated Transport: Enhancing the End to End Journey) grant: Smart Routing – Enhancing the End to End Journey, 2016-2017, 18 months, £940,067. Partners: University of Aberdeen, Caution Your Blast Ltd, Ayoupa, Interdigital Europe Ltd, and Birmingham City Council. Role: Co-applicant (Co-A)/Named Researcher (NR).

Economic and Social Research Council [ES/M001628/1] grant: Social Media - Developing Understanding, Infrastructure & Engagement (Social Media Enhancement), 2014-2016. £541,922. Role: Co-applicant (Co-A)/Named Researcher (NR).

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) sponsored project - “MOT (Motoring and vehicle Ownership Trends) in the UK”. EPSRC project number EP/K000438/1. £806,910. Role: Researcher (R).

Northumbria University Research Development Grant, 2010-2013. Understanding urban cycling behaviours in space and time. The grant covered 13, 529 yearly stipend and tuition fees for three years. Role: Principal Investigator (PI).

RDA P6 Early Career European Researcher attendance and report generation project. Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe Plenary Six Meeting in Paris, France. 2015. Role: Reporter.

EU COST IC0903 MOVE Research Grant - “Short Term Scientific Mission MOVE-COST Research Grant. Mission: Exploration of agent-based modelling technique for cycle track modelling. 5th - 8th November 2012. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.” Grant: 1,948 Euros. Grant reference: ECOST-STSM-IC0903-051112-023655. Role: PI.

EU COST IC0903 MOVE Travel Grant - “for Space-Time Cube expert meeting at University of Twente, Netherlands. June 2012.” Grant: 500 Euros. Role: PI.

UK Erasmus National Agency Grant for academic visit to Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Germany. March – June 2012. Grant was 1,116 Euros. Role: PI.

EU COST IC0903 MOVE Workshop Grant - “Urban Utility Cycling data challenge”, Leuven, Belgium. Workshop website: Role: Organizer.


Improving Health in Slums Collaborative (2020) Impact of the societal response to COVID-19 on access to healthcare for non-COVID-19 health issues in slum communities of Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan : results of pre-COVID and COVID-19 lockdown stakeholder engagements. BMJ Global Health, 5 (8). e003042. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003042

Yeboah, Godwin, Albuquerque, João Porto de and Taiwo, John Taiwo (2020) Examining spatial proximity to health care facilities in an informal urban setting. In: State of the Map 2020, Online (originally planned in Cape Town, South Africa), 4-5 Jul 2020. Published in: Proceedings of the Academic Track at the State of the Map 2020 pp. 15-17. doi:10.5281/zenodo.3923053

Minghini, Marco and Coetzee, Serena and Juhász, Levente and Yeboah, Godwin and Mooney, Peter and Grinberger, A. Yair, eds. (2020) Proceedings of the Academic Track at State of the Map 2020. Editors. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.3928675

Savage J.M., Cook S., Yeboah G. (2020) Tourist Traps: Assessing the Role of Tourism in Sustaining Life Below Water. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A.M., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Wall T. (eds) Life Below Water. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.

Minghini, Marco, Coetzee, Serena, Grinberger, A. Yair, Yeboah, Godwin, Juhász, Levente and Mooney, Peter (2020) Editorial : OpenStreetMap research in the COVID-19 era. In: State of the Map 2020, Online (originally planned in Cape Town, South Africa), 4-5 Jul 2020 pp. 1-4. doi:10.5281/zenodo.3922054

Yair Grinberger, Marco Minghini, Peter Mooney, Serena Coetzee, Levente Juhasz, and Godwin Yeboah (Accepted). OpenStreetMap data use cases during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Book project title is “COVID-19: Geospatial Information and Community Resilience”. Book project is being led by Chair of UN-GGIM Academic Network, Professor Abbas Rajabifard at the University of Melbourne.

Klemmer, Konstantin, Yeboah, Godwin, Porto de Albuquerque, João and Jarvis, Stephen A. (2020) Population mapping in informal settlements with high-resolution satellite imagery and equitable ground-truth. In: ML-IRL Workshop, International Conference on Learning Representations 2020, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26 Apr 2020


Yeboah, Godwin, Troilo, Rafael, Pitidis, Vangelis and de Albuquerque, João Porto (2019) Analysis of OpenStreetMap data quality at different stages of a participatory mapping process : evidence from informal urban settings. In: State of the Map 2019, Heidelberg, Germany, 21-23 Sep 2019. Published in: Proceedings of the Academic Track at the State of the Map doi:10.5281/zenodo.3386562

Grinberger, A. Yair, Minghini, Marco, Juhasz, Levente, Mooney, Peter and Yeboah, Godwin (2019) Bridging the Map? Exploring interactions between the Academic and Mapping Communities in OpenStreetMap. In: State of the Map 2019, Heidelberg, Germany, 21-23 Sep 2019 doi:10.5281/zenodo.3386524

Minghini , Marco and Grinberger, A. Yair and Mooney, Peter and Juhász, Levente and Yeboah, Godwin, eds. (2019) Proceedings of the Academic Track at State of the Map 2019 - Heidelberg (Germany), September 21-23, 2019. September 21-23, 2019, Heidelberg, Germany.

Albuquerque, João Porto de , Yeboah, Godwin, Pitidis, Evangelos and Ulbrich, Philipp (2019) Towards a participatory methodology for community data generation to analyse urban health inequalities : a multi-country case study. In: 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 8-11 Jan 2018. Published in: Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (In Press). DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2019.476

Yeboah, Godwin, Cottrill, Caitlin D., Nelson, John D., Corsar, David, Markovic, Milan and Edwards, Peter (2019) Understanding factors influencing public transport passengers’ pre-travel information-seeking behaviour. Public Transport . doi:10.1007/s12469-019-00198-w


Morton, Craig, Anable, Jillian, Yeboah, Godwin and Cottrill, Caitlin (2018) The spatial pattern of demand in the early market for electric vehicles: Evidence from the United Kingdom. Journal of Transport Geography, 72 . pp. 119-130. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.08.020

de Albuquerque, João Porto , Yeboah, Godwin, Pitidis, Vangelis and Ulbrich, Philipp (2018) Slum health mapping as catalyst for a collaborative agenda for research, practice, local citizens and volunteers. In: State of the Map 2018, Lombardy, Italy, 28-30 Jul 2018

Wemegah, T. D., Zhu, S., Yeboah, G. and Atombo, C. (2018) Explorative analysis of vehicular movement patterns using RFID-based transport data : an eulerian perspective. Advances in Transportation Studies, XLIV . pp. 47-62. doi:10.4399/97888255143464


Cottrill, Caitlin, Gault, Paul, Yeboah, Godwin, Nelson, John D., Anable, Jillian and Budd, Thomas (2017) Tweeting transit : an examination of social media strategies for transport information management during a large event. Transportation Research Part C : Emerging Technologies, 77 . pp. 421-432. doi:10.1016/j.trc.2017.02.008


Chatterton, T. J., Anable, J., Barnes, J. and Yeboah, Godwin (2016) Mapping household direct energy consumption in the United Kingdom to provide a new perspective on energy justice. Energy Research & Social Science, 18 . 71 - 87. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2016.04.013


Torriti, Jacopo, Hanna, Richard, Anderson, Ben, Yeboah, Godwin and Druckman, Angela (2015) Peak residential electricity demand and social practices : deriving flexibility and greenhouse gas intensities from time use and locational data. Indoor and Built Environment , 24 (7). pp. 891-912. doi:10.1177/1420326X15600776

Yeboah, Godwin, Jillian, Anable, Chatterton, Tim, Barnes, Jo, Wilson, Eddie, D. N. Turnbull, Oliver and Cairns, Sally (2015) Understanding car ownership elasticities in England and Wales : advancing the evidence base with new data sources. In: GIS Research UK 2015 (GISRUK2015), School of Geography, University of Leeds, 15-17 Apr 2015. Published in: GIS Research UK (GISRUK) 2015 Proceedings pp. 704-713.

Chatterton, Tim , Barnes, Jo, Yeboah, Godwin and Anable, Jillian (2015) Energy justice? A spatial analysis of variations in household direct energy consumption in the UK. In: European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) 2015 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency, Club Belambra Les Criques, Presqu’île de Giens Toulon/Hyères, France, 1–6 Jun 2015. Published in: ECEEE Summer Study Proceedings pp. 89-100. ISBN 9789198048261. ISSN 2001-7960.

Craig, Morton, Anable, Jillian, Yeboah, Godwin and Cottrill, Caitlin (2015) Exploring the spatial diffusion of electric vehicles in Scotland. In: Scottish Transport Applications and Research (STAR) Conference, Technology and Innovation Centre, 20 May 2015. Published in: Proceedings of Scottish Transport Applications and Research (STAR) conference

Yeboah, Godwin, Alvanides, Seraphim and Thompson, Emine Mine (2015) Everyday cycling in urban environments : understanding behaviors and constraints in space-time. In: Computational Approaches for Urban Environments. Geotechnologies and the Environment, 13 . Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 185-210. ISBN 9783319114682

Yeboah, Godwin and Alvanides, Seraphim (2015) Route choice analysis of urban cycling behaviors using OpenStreetMap : evidence from a British urban environment. In: OpenStreetMap in GIScience. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography . Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 189-210. ISBN 9783319142791


Yeboah, Godwin (2009), The Provision of Digital Orthophoto Maps in Colour for Land Use Planning and Management under the Land Administration Project in Ghana, Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment, vol. 103, pp72-79, 2009. Amazon