Kerry Schiel achieved a BSc in Geology and Ocean & Atmosphere Science from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa in 1995, going on to complete a BSc (Hons) in Geology in 1996, with a focus on Marine Sedimentology. Following this she worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa as a junior Engineering Geologist from 1997 - 1999. After moving back to Cape Town in 1999, Kerry was employed at an environmental consultancy working in GIS and Remote Sensing until 2001.
After a career hiatus, Kerry completed the Masters in Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg in 2012 and was then employed in the same year, as the GIS Analyst in the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, until the present.
Kerry is involved in varied projects through assisting other researchers with the spatial analysis component of their work, as well as teaching GIS and Geospatial Analysis to the Masters' students. Projects include urban sprawl analysis of cities in the United States, including its evolution over time as well as the profiles of urban land share away from city centres; analysis of the representation of urban green space in Brussels using different free data sources; and the use of GIS methods to examine the potential of using geothermal heating sources for space heating and hot water in houses, as a potential CO2 mitigation method, using the city of Ludwigsburg, Germany, as a case study. While the research projects are varied, spatial analysis techniques as well as an interest in quantitative measures of urban sprawl are a common thread.