Josie Wilson

Josie Wilson BA Hons, MA, PG Cert

Principal Lecturer


I joined the university in 1998 and specialises in geographical information systems (GIS) and my research is around active travel and the school commute. I have taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and is a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society, and the Higher Education Academy. I am currently Head of Planning School and organised and chaired the Sheffield conferences as part of the Royal Town Planning Institute conference series.


I am the deputy head of Geography Environment and Planning, as well as the Department Quality Lead for the Department in the Natural and Built Environment. I lead on the postgraduate programme that includes the MSc Environmental Management, MSc Geographical Information Systems and MSc Urban Planning courses.



2001: Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2000: MA in Geographical Information Systems, University of Leeds

1998: BA (Hons) Urban Studies (Upper Second) Sheffield Hallam University

2009: Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2014: Fellow British Cartographic Association.


I teach on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules. I am an ethics reviewer for the College and I am part of the University Wide Academic Standards Group.


In terms of my research, I work closely with schools to understand behaviour and decisions made in the journey to school. Primary research has explored the cognitive mapping processes of year 5 and 6 pupils within the school environment. Findings have been shared with the British Cartographic Society during their tea time talks.



Geography Environment and Planning

MSc Geographical Information Systems

MSc Urban Planning

MSc Environmental Management

BSc Geography

BA Human Geography

Level 6 Transport Geography and Planning

Level 7 Applying GIS

Level 7 Major Research Project

PG Dissertation Supervisor

Undergraduate modules

Research Methods
Personal Tutor on the BSc Geography award
Placement tutor

Supervisor of both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations


Research is on Active Travel and the School Commute. Working with pupils in year 5 and 6 to explore the understanding of their journey to school. This includes the use of cognitive mapping. I am also working with Modeshift Stars and have been given access to the school data that they have collected in order to analyse and determine trends in the active travel agenda.

Modeshift Stars

Kings Oak Primary School

Renishaw Primary School


Josie Wilson and Jennie Gray (2017) "Transport Planning to Encourage Active Lifestyles" RTPI Conference on 'Planning for Changing Populations'  17 March 2017, Sheffield.

Josie Wilson, (2006) "GIS and Strategic Environmental Agencies" RTPI Conference Series October 2006.

Wilson J and Cheesebrough J (2006) Beyond the looking table, Association of American Geographers 7.3.2006 Chicago.


Other activities

Josie organises and chairs the SHU contribution to the Royal Town Planning Institute Yorkshire Conference Series. Events so far have been around housing, retail, economic development and regeneration. More information is available here:

Josie has chaired the following conferences:

Major Infrastructure Planning, the latest agenda, 5th July 2017, Sheffield.
Planning for Changing Populations, 17th March 2017, Sheffield
Rural Planning: Key Issues and the Green Agenda 13 July 2016 Sheffield
Spatial Planning for Resilient Places, 16th March 2016, Sheffield.
Regenerating Town Centres, 21 October 2015 Sheffield
Economic Growth: are we ready? 15th July 2015
Moving Forward against the Housing Crisis  29 April 2015 Sheffield.

Josie was invited to speak at:

Wilson J (2017) Modeshift.  The Future of Sustainable Transport: Active Participation and the School Commute:  A review of the literature and developing the research theme, Sheffield, 9th November, 2017.  


Josie was also the External Examiner for the Foundation degree in Housing and Sustainable Communities, New College Durham, Durham.


Postgraduate supervision

I supervise both PG dissertations and PhD students.

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