Anthonia Ijeoma Onyeahialam

Dr, PhD Geography: Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK MGIS: University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Msc Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics: Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany Bsc Geography and Planning


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Research interests

  • Data Science
  • Mapping, GIS and Geovisualisation
  • Quantitative Geography including spatial analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing and Modelling
  • Research Methods and Methodological Developments
  • Geographies of Health and Well being including Global Health
  • Migration



Anthonia joined the GLOBAL RURAL project after completing her PhD at Newcastle University. Her PhD focused on the Environmental and Social cultural risks to Urban Malaria in Lagos, Nigeria. While at Newcastle University, she was a Teaching Assistant on number of modules that include Geographical Analysis, Population Geography and GIS.

Anthonia has industry and academia experience mainly in the area of international development and her primary roles have been to integrate and apply mapping technologies in a broad range of sectors that include water and sanitation, natural resources management, conservation, environmental impact assessment, electoral systems, refugee management and peace keeping.

Anthonia has lectured Photogrammetry, Remote sensing and GIS at post graduate level at the Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), under the auspices of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). She was a Project manager for TetraTech ARD USAID projects in Liberia and has been the GIS specialist for United National Mission to Liberia (UNMIL) where she supported the mission on a diverse range of projects. She has worked as a research assistant (Remote sensing specialist) while at University of Calgary on an IUCN funded 30 year change detection of Bach Ma National Forest Reserve, Vietnam. She then proceeded to be the Remote sensing Expert for Digital Environmental Management, Saskatoon, Canada working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming, USA. Apart from working for these organisations, Anthonia has independently consulted for World Bank, African Development bank, EU, USAID, DFID and CIDA funded projects in different parts of Africa.

Anthonia is the founder of Geographical Resources for Development Centre a non for profit organisation providing mapping support for development related projects in Africa.

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Group Affiliation

  • Welsh Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD)

Academic and Research Grants

  • UK data Service Data Impact Fund
  • Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Award
  • Dorothy Hodgkins Postgraduate Award (DHPA) NERC -Shell BP
  • Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)
  • International Fellowships Programme (IFP) of Ford Foundation
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)


Anthonia Onyeahialam is a GIS post-doctoral researcher on the GLOBAL-RURAL project and primarily responsible for GIS and geovisualization work as part of work package 2, ‘Mapping and Visualizing the Global Countryside’. This includes - undertaking research that examine globalization on a global scale through social scientific methods and GIS; GIS, Mapping and visualizing globalization scenarios, relationships and connections; Developing and initiating new ways of communicating narrative accounts and analysis of globalization through quantitative and qualitative GIS; Analyzing, interpreting and the integrating quantitative and qualitative data for developing story narratives; Construction and development of GIS story maps; Organising public engagement activities with academic and non-academic audiences; writing publications for a wide audience and presenting at national and international conferences; field work and the development of research instruments; developing new interdisciplinary approaches for methodological and conceptual driven frameworks


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • Mapping Competition

    Onyeahialam, Anthonia Ijeoma (Recipient), 14 Sept 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)