The Geospatial Analytics and Computing Research Group

Prof James Cheshire

Prof James Cheshire

Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography

Dept of Geography

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2009

Research summary

James' research focuses on the use of “big” and open datasets for the study of social science. He has published in a range of journals on a variety of topics including the use of cycle hire schemes, the spatial analysis of surnames and new ways to visualise population data. Aside from his academic outputs, a wide range of his maps and visualisations have been featured in the popular press.  Read more at jcheshire.com or follow @spatialanalysis on Twitter.

Teaching summary

1. GEOG0162: Cartography and Data Visualisation. Convenor (Undergraduate & Postgraduate)

2. POLS0010: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods. (Undergraduate).

3. POLS008: Introduction to Data Analysis. Convenor (Undergraduate).


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2011
University of Southampton
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 2008


James Cheshire is Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography in the UCL Department of Geography and Director of the UCL Q-Step Centre.  He is co-author of the critically acclaimed books London: The Information Capital and Where the Animals Go. James is the recipient of a number of major awards from the Royal Geographical Society, The North American Cartographic Information Society and British Cartographic Society. He was President of the Society of Cartographers between 2017 and 2019.

James completed a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Physical Geography at the University of Southampton before undertaking a PhD in GIScience at the UCL Department of Geography. His topic was the spatial analysis and visualisation of large surname databases. After completing his PhD he was appointed Lecturer in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation at CASA before moving to the UCL Department of Geography where he became Associate Professor of Quantitative Human Geography before promotion to full professor in 2019.