AlvanidesSeraphim Alvanides (Chair)

I was appointed Reader in GISc at the School of Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University in Autumn 2010. I am an urban social geographer with substantive research interests in health inequalities, obesogenic environments and environmental justice. In particular, I am concerned with understanding the effect of the built and natural environment on physical activity and active living. My past GIS research has focused on the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem (MAUP) and matters of geographical scale. My recent methodological interests involve the use of space-time geography in researching everyday mobilities and active transport, such as walking and cycling.


CheshireJames Cheshire (Secretary)

I am a lecturer at the University College London (UCL) Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. I completed my PhD in the UCL Department of Geography where I investigated the spatial distributions of people’s surnames both nationally and globally. My interests continue to be in both the analysis and visualisation of large population datasets as well as the use of GIS for studying surname patterns in Europe. I am also a member of RGS-IBG Quantitative Methods Research Group committee. I started my PhD in the autumn of 2008 and was supervised by Paul Longley and Pablo Mateos. My PhD was funded through an ESRC CASE Award in collaboration with ESRI (UK).


haklayMuki Haklay (Treasurer)

I am a Professor of Geographic Information Science in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London. I am also the Director of the UCL Extreme Citizen Science group, which is dedicate to allow any community, regardless of their literacy, to use scientific methods and tools to collect, analyse, interpret and use information about their area and activities.

My research interests include Public access and use of Environmental Information, following work started in my PhD thesis (completed 2002); Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability Engineering aspects of GIS; and Societal aspects of GIS use – in particular, participatory mapping and Citizen Science. Since 2001, I have secured over £4.28 million in research funding, from research councils, the public and private sectors and charities. I received funding for a range of projects (Please click on the link to my name above for more information.).



Godwin Yeboah
(Postgrad Rep. and Website Support)
I am currently a PhD Student in the School of the Built and Natural Environment at Northumbria University.

Research interests are in the use of geographical information systems/science (GIS/GISc), agent-based modeling and simulation (ABMS) techniques as well as global positioning systems (GPS) in understanding space-time movements of people, modeling and virtual reality techniques for visualisation and analysis of the Built and Natural Environment as well as spatially enabled web technologies.


yiYi Gong (Conferences and Events)

I completed my PhD at the University College London in 2010. I am currently working at Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University.



BarrosJoana Barros (Prizes and Awards)

I am a lecturer in GIS at the Department of Geography at Birkbeck University of London. Also the Course Director for the MSc Geographic Information Science. My background is Architecture and Urban Planning. I hold an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning (UFRGS, Brazil) as well as a PhD in Planning Studies from University College London.

My research interests are concerned with computational models of urban systems, as well as other techniques that help researchers to improve the understanding of urban and environmental spatial processes. I am very interested in studying the dynamics of change and growth of cities, as I believe that this understanding is essential to provide the basis for planning actions and interventions, as well as for supporting policy development. My research focuses on the dynamics of urban growth and inner-city transformation in Latin American cities, with emphasis on the socio-economic differentiation in the urban society in these countries and its impacts on urban space, and vice-versa.


Dr. Nicolas Malleson

Nicolas Malleson
(Ordinary member of GIScRG)

I’m a lecturer in Geographical Information Systems in the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. I have a PhD in Geography and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science (BSc) and Informatics (MSc).

My primary research interest is in developing spatial computer models of social phenomena and my focus, in particular, has been on crime simulation. I am also involved in developing web-based tools and techniques that can be used by researchers to publish models online; allowing them to be used by other researchers and by policy makers.


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