Dr Alexandre Nobajas

Title: Lecturer in Human Geography and GIS
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 7 34962
Email: a.nobajas@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith : WS 1.41B
Role: Human Geography Course Director
School's Study Abroad Tutor
Contacting me:
Alex Nobajas

After working as a Teaching Fellow in GIS at the University of Leicester, in September 2013 I joined the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences at Keele as a Lecturer in Human Geography and GIS. Previous to that I held teaching and research roles at a myriad of institutions such as the University of Barcelona, the University of Lleida, the University of Sheffield or Durham University and have also worked in the private sector as an Environment Technician.

Academically I did a BSc in Geography at the University of Barcelona (2007), a MSc in GIS at the University of Edinburgh (2008), a MEd in Higher Education Lecturing at the University of Barcelona (2011) and a PhD in Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Barcelona (2013) with the title “Bottled natural mineral water in Catalonia: Origin and geographical evolution of its consumption and production”.

You can follow me on Twitter @tande64. Between rants and complaints from time to time I also post links geographically relevant.

I am interested in anything to do with geography and GIS, so my research interests are quite broad, varied and geeky. Current and past research topics for which I am happy to supervise PhDs include:

Historical cartography and GIS

  • Recreation of past landscapes
  • Evolution of Urban Fabric
  • Sediment yield estimation
  • Land use evolution

Geographies of Food and Eating

  • The industry of bottled water
  • European Spa Towns
  • Wine Geography
  • Culture and Food

Pedagogy of Geography

  • Web based learning
  • Competences-based teaching
  • Alternative teaching methods
  • Computer skills teaching

Human Geography and GIS

  • Quality of life and Well-being
  • Nationalism
  • Housing
  • Electoral Geography
  • Geolinguistics and Twitter

Remote Sensing and GIS

  • Application of UAVs (drones) to environmental issues
  • Satellite imagery and land change

I am a member of the Catalan Geographical Society, the Association of Catalan Geographers, the Official Geographers Body of Catalonia and Spain, Group of Historical Cartography Studies and Keele University’s Research Institute for Social Sciences.

Selected Publications

  • Nobajas A. 2017. Book review of [Mapes i control del territori a Barcelona: vuit estudis, Edited by Ramon Grau and Carme Montaner]. doi>
  • Sorolla N, Nobajas A, Morales-Gras J. 2017. Demolinguistics, internet and big data. Language, Society and Communication, 36-47.
  • Nobajas A, Waller RI, Robinson ZP, Sangonzalo R. 2017. Too much of a good thing? the role of detailed UAV imagery in characterizing large-scale badland drainage characteristics in South-Eastern Spain. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, vol. 38(8-10), 2844-2860. link> doi>
  • Nobajas A and Nadal F. Cartography and urban planning: the city plan of Barcelona by Miquel Garriga i Roca (1856-1862). Imago Mundi: the international journal for the history of cartography.
  • Nobajas A. 2016. Twitter as a sociolinguistic research tool: pros and cons. Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana, 89-101. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Sorolla N, Nobajas A, Morales-Gras J. 2017. Demolinguistics, internet and big data. Language, Society and Communication, 36-47.
  • Nobajas A, Waller RI, Robinson ZP, Sangonzalo R. 2017. Too much of a good thing? the role of detailed UAV imagery in characterizing large-scale badland drainage characteristics in South-Eastern Spain. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, vol. 38(8-10), 2844-2860. link> doi>
  • Nobajas A and Nadal F. Cartography and urban planning: the city plan of Barcelona by Miquel Garriga i Roca (1856-1862). Imago Mundi: the international journal for the history of cartography.
  • Nobajas A. 2016. Twitter as a sociolinguistic research tool: pros and cons. Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana, 89-101. doi>
  • Nobajas A and Nadal F. 2015. From historical map to online 3D recreation: the 1861 cadastral map of Horta (Barcelona). CARTOGRAPHY AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE, vol. 42(3), 211-223. link> doi>
  • Campanera JM, Nobajas A, Higgins P. 2014. Modulating the person-environment relationship through local government intervention in England. APPLIED GEOGRAPHY, vol. 47, 20-32. link> doi>
  • Nobajas A. 2014. Historical cartography as a tool to study urban change. The case of Garriga i Roca’s quarterons. Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia, 205-220. doi>
  • Campanera JM, Nobajas A, Higgins P. 2014. The Relationship Between Residential Quality of Life and Socioeconomic Status in England. Urban Affairs Review, vol. 50(1), 100-133. doi>
  • Higgins P, Campanera J, Nobajas A. 2012. Quality of life and spatial inequality in London. European Urban and Regional Studies, 0969776412439201.
  • Nobajas A. 2008. Mapes dinàmics on-line: Bases de dades relacionals, PERL i SVG. Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia, 606-615.

Chapters

  • Nobajas A. 2015. From Hidden to Online, the Case of Horta’s Cadastral Map. In Cartography and cadastral maps. Visions from the past for a vision of our future. Benedetti B, Farrugia C, Romiti B, Sipos A (Eds.). Pisa, Italy: Scuola Normale Superiore. doi>
  • Montaner C and Nobajas À. 2011. Catàleg de la cartografia parcel-lària municipal de Catalunya 1849-1897) aplegada pel GEHC. In Cartografia i agrimensura a Catalunya i Balears al segle XIX. Montaner C, Nadal F, Urteaga L (Eds.). Barcelona: Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya.
  • Montaner C and Nobajas A. 2011. El catàleg de plànols parcel•laris municipals de Catalunya del Grup d’Estudis d’Història de la Cartografia. In 2on Seminari d’història de la cartografia. Cartografia i agrimensura a Catalunya i Balears (segles XIX-XX). Nadal F and Montaner C (Eds.). Barcelona: Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya.
  • Nobajas A. 2011. Integració entre cartografia històrica i models d’elevació digital del terreny. El cas del plànol percel·lari del municipi d’Horta de 1861. In Cartografia i agrimensura a Catalunya i Balears al segle XIX. Montaner C, Nadal F, Urteaga L (Eds.). (Muntan ed.). Barcelona: Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya.

Other

  • Nobajas A. 2017. Book review of [Mapes i control del territori a Barcelona: vuit estudis, Edited by Ramon Grau and Carme Montaner]. doi>
  • Nobajas A. 2014. Combining historical cartography and GIS to unravel the mysteries of the Isabel II dam in Níjar (Almería). XVI Congreso Nacional de Tecnologías de Información Geográfica (pp. 410-417). link>
  • Nobajas A. 2013. Bottled natural mineral water in Catalonia: origin and geographical evolution of its consumption and production.
  • Nobajas A. 2012. Cartografía colaborativa y trabajo en equipo: Google my maps como herramienta docente. Innovación metodológica y docente en historia, arte y geografía [Recurso electrónico]: Actas Congreso Internacional, Santiago de Compostela, 7-9 de septiembre de 2011 (pp. 265-269).
  • Nobajas A and Nadal F. 2012. Recreating past landscapes in 3D using GIS and cadastral cartography from the 19th century: the Horta example of the Province of Barcelona. In J. Gensel, D. Josselin & D. Vandenbroucke (Eds.). Association Geographic Information Laboratories Europe.
  • ASENSIO MM. 2012. Treball interdisciplinari de tres competències transversals (capacitat d’aprenentatge i responsabilitat, capacitat crítica i autocrítica i capacitat per treballar en equip) de la Universitat de Barcelona. Actas del III Congreso Internacional de Nuevas Tendencias en la Formación Permanente del Profesorado (pp. 1542-1551).
  • Campanera JM, Castillejos B, Nobajas A, Prades JD, Ramon A, Suárez MM. 2011. El profesorado novel y la utilización de las TIC en la innovación docente. Estrategias de alfabetización mediática: Reflexiones sobre comunicación y Educación.
  • Asensio JA, Campanera JM, Castillejos B, Coderch M, de la Cueva L, Delgado MP, Graell MP, Montmany B, Nettel A, Nobajas A, others. 2011. INNOVELLS: Acciones colaborativas de innovación en la docencia del profesorado novel. VIII Foro sobre Evaluación de la Calidad de la Investigación y de la Educación Superior: Libro de Capítulos (pp. 854-858).
  • Nobajas A. 2008. Census Data and PPGIS: Housing in the Kingston Metropolitan Region, Jamaica. link>

Module leader:

  • GEG-2010 Practical Human Geography
  • ESC-30044 Applied GIS

Involved in:

  • ESC-10035 Geographical Skills
  • ESC-20029 Practical Physical Geography
  • ESC-20049 Dynamic Geographies
  • ESC-20050 Dynamic Geographies
  • GEG-20009 Geographical Research Training (Barcelona Fieldcourse)
  • 2017 Funding to develop an augmented reality sandbox Higher Horizons+ £2676
  • 2017 Santander Research Bursary seed corn research £2750
  • 2017 Funding to purchase a 3D printer Geography, Geology and Environment Research cluster £2150
  • 2016-2017 Introducing undergraduate students to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Learning and Professional Development Centre, Keele University £2590
  • 2015-2017 Models in the Spanish urban cartography: a historical analysis Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry with 48,400€ for the project and 85,000€ for a PhD scholarship
  • 2015-2017 Youth migration, new social movements and digital networks (#eMovix) Obra Social la Caixa with 77,262.23€
  • 2015 Erasmus funding to visit the Unversity of Almería 1750€
  • 2015 Santander Research Bursary seed corn research £3500
  • 2015 Network funding to establish links Centre for Social Policy, Keele University £1500
  • 2014 Funding to purchase a research UAV and sensors Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University £26,500 
  • 2012-2014 Urban cartography in Spain in the 18th and 19th centuries: the role of councils and the military funded by the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry with 49,573€
  • 2013 Estimating sediment yields using GIS and historical cartography. The Isabel II dam in Níjar (Almeria) funded by the University of Leicester with £450
  • 2011-2012 Consolidation of innovations in collaborative work in higher education teaching (INNOVELLS 2) funded by the University of Barcelona with 3,600€
  • 2010-2011 Innovations in collaborative work in higher education teaching (INNOVELLS) funded by the University of Barcelona with 3,600€
  • 2010 Comparative study of the starting stages of bottled mineral water between England and Catalonia awarded by the Catalan Government with 3,500€
  • 2010 Bottled water consumption and underground water pollution:  Swine and nitrates in Catalonia funded by the Water Institute of the University of Barcelona with 1,200€
  • 2009-2011 Cartography and surveying in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands (1845-1895) funded by the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry with 40,000€