Paul Longley (B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., AcSS) is Professor of Geographic Information Science at University College London, UK. His publications include 14 books and more than 125 refereed journal articles and book chapters. He has held over 40 research grants and has supervised more than 35 Ph.D. students (most funded by research councils). He is a co-editor of the journal Environment and Planning B and a member of five other editorial boards . He has held ten externally-funded visiting appointments and given over 150 conference presentations and external seminars. He teaches Geographic Information Systems and Science and is a co-author of the best-selling book of that name.

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Present Appointment

2000- Professor of Geographic Information Science, UCL
(seconded to ESRC Advanced Institute for Management Research Senior Fellowship, 2003-4)

Previous Appointments

1996-2000 Professor of Geography, University of Bristol
1994-96 Reader in Geography, University of Bristol (including a period as an ESRC Research Fellow, 1994-95)
1992-94 Lecturer in Geography, University of Bristol
1984-92 Lecturer in Planning, University of Wales, Cardiff (UWIST prior to 1/9/88).
1983 84 Lecturer in Geography, University of Reading.

Education and Qualifications


1981-83 Department of Geography, University of Bristol
1980-81 Geographisches Institut II, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany
1977-80 Department of Geography, University of Bristol


1997 D.Sc., University of Bristol
1984 Ph.D. (Urban Geography), University of Bristol
1981 Certificate of Competence (German Language) to study at Karlsruhe/Stuttgart Universities; Grundstuffe II language examination (Grade 1)
1980 B.Sc. First Class Honours (Geography), University of Bristol

Special awards, honours and distinctions

2010 Visiting Professor, Tokyo University
2009 Visiting Professor, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
2009 UCL Advances, award for best Knowledge Transfer Partnership
2008 Visiting Professor, University College Dublin
2007 Visiting Professor, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
2006 Principal Investigator of finalist ‘Research Project of the Year’, Times Higher Education Supplement Annual Awards
2002 Elected Registered Practitioner, the Higher Education Academy (previously the ILTHE)
2002 Elected Academician, Academy of Social Sciences (Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences prior to 2007)
1980 University of Bristol Miller Barstow Prize for best undergraduate social science dissertation
1980 Walter Scheel Scholarship

Research and Scholarship

Research interests are grouped around the development and application of geographic information systems and geographic information science, latterly within a grid computing environment. Socioeconomic applications include: information integration within GIS (including remote sensing – GIS integration); geodemographics; public service delivery (specifically health, education and policing); Internet GIS applications and e-social science; housing and retail market analysis; fractal analysis of cities; and social survey research practice. Contributions to the international research literature have been funded by numerous research grants, including knowledge transfer/exchange funding.