Dr Paul Palmer

Pronouns: He/him
  • Visiting Fellow in Complex Data Systems and Analytical Fluency


Paul graduated from the University of London in 1977, gained a MSc from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in 1985, and earned his PhD in 2021.

He is co-founder and founder of two SMEs: Tech-Trends Ltd and Webnebulus Ltd. He has interests in electronic design, manufacture, technology road mapping, and web based software. He has been involved in several systems orientated projects. These included helping to commission the UK’s first microprocessor-controlled nuclear reactor test and monitoring system for Plessey, and supervised the manufacture of the control systems for UK’s first generation of microprocessor controlled trains for the London Docklands Light Railway for GEC Traction. He used this specialist technical knowledge of complex systems and applications when designing the Info-Point for Webnebulus Ltd, using Open Source and Open Innovation techniques to make the first product in its class to be sold into the emerging technical heritage market.


PhD Loughborough University 
MSc Cranfield University 
BSc London University 


Paul has strong links with the Leicestershire community and collaborates with the Leicestershire and Rutland Environmental Records Centre (LREC), Leicestershire Wildlife Trust, and NatureSpot.

He is also on the steering panel of the NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship "Bringing the data revolution to nature recovery", in conjunction with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.





Currently, Paul specialises in using the R analytical language to analyse complex data, especially those that arise from citizen science biodiversity projects.