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Dr Xiaodong Li

Xiaodong Li is Associate Professor at the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. For the duration of his Visiting Fellowship he is hosted by the University of Nottingham.

Dr Xiaodong Li

During his time in the UK, Dr Li will support Professor Giles Foody and Dr Doreen Boyd at the University of Nottingham on research related to a project titled Remote Sensing to Inform Sustainable Development. The brick-making industry in India is a vast employer, providing work for an estimated 10-23 million people. Unfortunately, many workers are slave labourers 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 seeks to use a set of remote sensing imagery to map brick kilns, which are strongly associated with slavery, across the ‘Brick Belt’ of India.

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Visiting Fellowships

This programme provides academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months.


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