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 Kate Newby

Kate Newby

PhD Student

 Amory C360


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


I started my PhD at the University of Exeter in 2023. My research is titled ‘Monitoring of landslide hazards with wireless sensor networks and machine learning’. The project is joint funded by the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy and industry partner Copernicus Technologies. This is an interdisciplinary project bridging Geography and Computer Science.

I am interested in geomorphological hazards (landslides) and how we can improve our response to them. The project aims to create an early warning system based on sensor data and machine learning for sites in the South West and France.

I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2022 with First Class Honours in BSc Geography with European Study. My dissertation, awarded a First, investigated landslide memory in the Pyrenees using a participatory approach. Through my dissertation, I promoted interdisciplinary work across Human and Physical Geography using participatory GIS. I was invited for interview on a local Spanish radio station to discuss my survey on public perception of landslide hazards.

As part of my undergraduate degree, I completed a year abroad at Université Bordeaux Montaigne, gaining insight into higher education in France and improving my fluency in French. I graduated with proficiency in advanced French.

Supervisory team: Dr Georgie Bennett (University of Exeter, Streatham Campus), Dr Chunbo Luo (University of Exeter, Streatham Campus), Dr Kyle Roskilly (University of Exeter, Penryn Campus)

Broad Research Specialisms

Landslide hazards, machine learning, wireless sensor networks


BSc Geography with European Study – University of Exeter



Research interests

Geomorphological hazards (landslides); machine learning; wireless sensor networks; Geographical Information Systems; participatory and interdisciplinary approaches


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