Senior Scientific Officer in the Land Resource Management Unit,
Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (based in Ispra, Italy)
Steven Peedell is a multi-lingual specialist in geospatial information technology with 25 years experience working with maps and mapping technology, the last 18 of which have been at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Italy.
He has an MSc in Natural Resource Management from the University of Leicester in the UK. Prior to 2005 he was very much involved in technical developments supporting EU environmental legislation (Natura2000, Water Framework Directive), and then led a research team working on development and implementation of specifications for a European Spatial Data Infrastructure (INSPIRE).
He joined the Land Resource Management Unit 2009 where he focuses on projects in the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) regions and developing spatial databases, catalogues and interoperable web services for geoinformation. He is also the JRC project leader of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) which aims to address threats to biodiversity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas.