The Geospatial Analytics and Computing Research Group

Prof Paul Longley

Prof Paul Longley

Professor of Geographic Information Science

Dept of Geography

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2000

Research summary

Paul’s interests are built around the development and application of geographic information science, with particular emphasis upon the deployment of data infrastructures developed from Big or Open Data.

Recent research applications include: the development of geo-temporal demographic classifications of neighbourhoods and workplaces; the micro-demographics of residential and social mobility; family name geographies and migration within urban and regional systems; mapping variation in human DNA; retail geography and consumer behaviour; and the diffusion and use of new information and communications technologies.

Teaching summary

Paul has made major contributions to teaching and learning in quantitative methods through textbooks (especially co-authorship of four editions of Geographic Information Science and Systems), online resources, grant funded initiatives and visiting appointments to overseas universities, and makes frequent contributions to the public understanding of science.


University of Bristol
Doctorate, Doctor of Science | 1997
University of Bristol
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1984
University of Bristol
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1980


Paul Longley is Professor of Geographic Information Science at UCL, where he also directs the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre.

He is a GIScientist and Quantitative Human Geographer with substantive interests in the human dynamics of urban systems. His published work includes three books (two in multiple and foreign language editions), 12 edited collections and more than 175 refereed journal articles and contributions to edited collections. He has supervised more than 60 intending Ph.D. students (43 Ph.D. and four Masters completions to date), many of whom have progressed to academic positions worldwide. His research has developed through more than 50 research grants (totalling more than £20 million). He is a past Editor-in-Chief of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, past Co-Editor of Environment and Planning B, and is an editorial board member of a number of international journals.