Dr. Richard Armitage

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building - Room 325

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Current positions

Academic Lead, Geography and Environmental Management; Senior Lecturer in GIS


I joined the University of Salford in 2003, having previously been a Lecturer at Kingston University.  In 2011 I was promoted to my current position as Senior Lecturer in GIS. My background is in Geography, more specifically Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Earth Observation.  My particular interest is in how we can use both GIS and remote sensing to help characterise and interpret the human and physical environment that we are immersed in.  During my time at Salford I have played a leading role in the development of a range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in Geography, Environmental Management and Geographical Information Systems.

My current role in the School is as the Academic Lead for the Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) area, where I am responsible for managing the delivery of the portfolio of taught programmes in Geography and Environmental Management.  Away from Salford I act as an External Examiner for taught programmes at a number of other UK universities. 

I am also an elected Trustee and Council member of a learner society, the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), and became Chairman of the Society in September 2016.  Through my involvement in RSPSoc I sit on a number of national and European advisory panels relating to remote sensing and earth observation. 

Areas of research

Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems, Vegetation Mapping, Demographics, Urban Sustainability


My teaching focuses on the application of Geographical Information System and remote sensing to environmental problems, with a particular emphasis on the use of quantitative spatial methods.  My approach to teaching is very much one based on experiential learning, particular the development of students’ skills and confidence in solving real world problems. 

I teach on modules across the undergraduate programmes in Geography, Environment and Wildlife, and deliver modules on specialist taught Masters programmes in GIS and Wildlife.  As Academic Lead for Geography and Environmental Management I coordinate and manage the delivery of the BSc Environmental Management, BA Geography and BSc Geography programmes, and the new BA Archaeology and Geography course, in the School.

Research Interests

My research interests centre round the application of GIS and earth observation methods and technologies to the characterisation and interpretation of both the natural and human environment.  Part of my current work is looking at the impact of green spaces on the urban environment, with a focus on the role that they play in ecosystem services.  I also have research interests relating to more natural environments, and have been involved in work looking at fire risk in UK upland areas and the development of new methods to characterise forest canopies using terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). 

I am also interested in the potential of using both environmental and socio-economic indicators to describe neighbourhoods.  I have received research funding from a number of sources including: the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC); the European Union; Moors for the Future and various charities.  I am actively engaged in research supervision, and have had 11 successful PhD completions since joining Salford in 2003.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc. (Hons) Educational Studies and Geography, 1991
  • MA. in Geographical Information Systems, 1992
  • M.Phil. in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, 1993
  • PhD in Biogeography and remote sensing,  1999
  • PgC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2005


  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers),   1994
  • Member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, 1994
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2007
  • Chairman, the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), 2016 – 2019
  • Chair, RSPSoc External Affairs International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Sub-Committee, 2016-2019