Dr Damien Mansell
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography


Damien is a senior lecturer specialising in remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). He is programme director of the degree pathway he successfuly proposed for approval: Geography with Applied GIS
Damien gained Senior Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2017. He was awarded the Jack Dangermond Sholar award for his work integrating active learning with ArcGIS online web maps. He was awarded the Esri UK 2017 Customer Success Award for a joint student project that created a web mapping app which crowd source learner dialogue as part of a Massive Open Online Course in Climate Change. In 2015 Damien was awarded the Innovative Teaching Award from the Exeter Students' Guild.

Before coming to Exeter, Damien gained a first class B.Sc Geography degree at the University of Sheffield (2004-2007) and went on to research for a PhD at Swansea University entitled ‘Controls on the calving rate of North-West Svalbard glaciers’. Insights from the relative control of calving mechanisms were drawn from satellite images to investigate the nature and timing of relationships between changing ice-marginal extent, velocity, meltwater availability and sea-ice cover. After his PhD, Damien gained field experience by assisting on a research project in South East Greenland with the GLIMPSE Swansea University Glaciology Group. 

For roles, responsibilities and pedagogic activity in education please see the Teaching Tab

Broad research specialisms:

Ice-ocean interactions, calving processes, glacier dynamics, sea-ice extent, glacier surges, remote sensing applications.

Pedagogies of GIS learning and assessment particularly related to story maps, mapping visualisations and immersive environments.


PhD Glaciology, (Swansea University)

BSc Geography, (The University of Sheffield)

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, (The University of Exeter)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722626
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Office hours

Term-1 Office hours:

Tuesday 15:45-16:45 & Friday 11:30-12:30

Week 11 exception: Tuesday 14:00- 15:00 Friday  10:30-11:30

Week 12 exception: Friday recheduled to 12:00- 13:00 on thursday

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