Lea Shanley, Ph.D., Co-Executive Director
South Big Data Innovation Hub
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Shanley, trained as a geospatial data scientist and policy expert, focuses on big data, civic technology, open innovation, and public-private partnerships to advance research and development to address societal challenges. She has expertise in geospatial technology, remote sensing, participatory mapping, volunteer geographic information, and information policy, and extensive experience applying these tools and methods for emergency management, coastal and land use planning, natural resource management, renewable energy site assessment, and agriculture.