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Prof Paul Longley
Pearson Building
Gower Street
  • Professor of Geographic Information
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

Paul is Professor of Geographic Information Science at University College London, UK, where he also directs the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre.

He has been involved in:
over 50 research grants (totalling over £22 million);  postgraduate supervision of 50 Ph.D. students (most funded by research councils); publications, including eighteen books, over 150 refereed journal articles and contributions to edited collections; academic and editorial duties, including past editorship of two journals and current membership of five editorial boards; eleven externally-funded visiting appointments and over 150 conference presentations and external seminars; extensive teaching commitments (including strategic roles in two centres of excellence in teaching and learning); and major commitments to administration in four top-rated university departments. 

Research Summary

The development and application of geographic information science, with strong emphasis on the development and deployment of geo-temporal data infrastructures developed from Big or Open Data.

Applications include: the development of geo-temporal demographic classifications at neighbourhood scales; family name geographies and onomastics; mapping variation in human DNA; retail geography and consumer behaviour; the delivery of public services, specifically education, health and policing; and the diffusion and use of new information and communications technologies.

Teaching Summary

01-JUL-2014 Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) Director Geography University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2003 – 01-JAN-2004 Research Senior Fellowship Geography, ESRC Advanced Institute for Management University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2000 – 01-JAN-2003 Professor of Geographic Information Science Geography University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1992 – 30-JUN-2000 Lecturer, Reader and Professor Geographical Sciences University of Bristol, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1985 – 30-SEP-1992 Lecturer in Planning City and Regional Planning Cardiff University, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1984 – 30-SEP-1985 Lecturer in Geography Geography University of Reading, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1997 DSC Doctor of Science – Geographical Information Systems University of Bristol
1984 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Geography University of Bristol
1980 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Geography University of Bristol
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