Nuala Cowan

Nuala Cowan
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Areas of Expertise

GIS and Cartography

Nuala Cowan returned to the department of Geography in 2013 to take on the directorship of the Graduate Certificate in GIS, on completion of her doctorate at the GW Institute of Crisis Disaster & Risk Management (ICDRM) in 2013. She has developed and taught several courses for the department, with a particular interest in open data and technologies. In 2015 she co-founded the Youthmappers program, (with colleagues in Texas Tech and the University of West Virginia) a USAID-sponsored initiative to engage college youth in mapping societies and to sponsor education and research in the use of open data for development. In January, Nuala will be leaving her full time position with GWU for a new opportunity with the Open Data for Resilience team at the World Bank. The OpenDRI group is part of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and looks specifically at the application of open geospatial data to understand risk, and prepare communities for disasters. She will maintain her teaching and research affiliations at the Department of Geography. 


The George Washington University, MA'04 (Geography)

The George Washington University, DSc '13 (Engineering Managment from the Institute of Crisis Disaster & Risk Management)