The Geospatial Analytics and Computing Research Group


Prof Paul Longley

Prof Paul Longley


Pearson Building
Gower Street


  • Professor of Geographic Information
    Dept of Geography
    Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL


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.

Award year Qualification Institution
1997 DSC
Doctor of Science
Geographical Information Systems
University of Bristol
1984 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Bristol
1980 BSc Hons
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
University of Bristol

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.