Department of Geography, University of Nottingham
Dr. Xiaodong Li is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 30 research articles and has been supported by the Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS and the Hubei Province Natural Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars.
During his British Academy Visiting Fellowship, Dr. Li will support Professor Giles Foody and Associate Professor Doreen Boyd at the University of Nottingham on research related to the project 'Remote Sensing to inform sustainable development'. The brick-making industry in India is a vast employer, providing work for an estimated 10-23 million. Unfortunately, many workers are slave labour and one barrier to ending slavery is having reliable and timely, spatially explicit and scalable data on slavery activity. This work requires mapped information on features associated with slavery that can be identified in remote sensing images. Dr. Li’s work is to use a set of remote sensing imagery to map brick kilns, which are strongly associated with slavery, across the ‘Brick Belt’ of India.