The land transformation model-cluster framework: Applying k-means and the Spark computing environment for large scale land change analytics

Omrani H., has a new article published in the EMS journal.  The paper explores the challenges of simulating land change across large regions and spans of time.  The new mode, called LTM-Cluster,  is a scalable modeling framework aimed to benefit research involving large datasets. The paper uses the Spark environment to reduce the burden of high computational

Towards place-based exploration of Instagram: Using co-design to develop an interdisciplinary geovisualization prototype

Catherine Jones has a new article published in the Open Access Journal of Spatial Information Science.  The paper explores the co-design process of adapting a digital humanities tool for the geovisualisation and exploration of place-based information encoded in Instagram posts.  The paper uses data associated to the #Via Francigena cultural route. It reflects upon the process of data

Launch of SCALE-IT-UP Project

Scaling of the Environmental Impacts of Transport and Urban Patterns The SCALE-IT-UP project, funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) under the CORE scheme, will investigate the role of city size, measured in terms of population and artificial land use, on a set of environmental and economic attributes. Re-scaling cities to control for variation in

ECTQG 2019 – call for Special Sessions

We are particularly excited to invite you to the 21st ECTQG – European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography that will take place in Mondorf-Les-Bains 5-9 of September 2019. The call for Special Sessions is open until the 31st of January 2019. The call for papers will follow next from the 15th of February to

Justin Delloye awarded RSAI Dissertation prize!

We are very proud of our colleague Justin Delloye, currently a postdoc researcher at LISER, who has just been awarded the 2018 PhD Dissertation prize from the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). This was announced last week at San Antonio, Texas, during the North American Regional Science Meeting. The RSAI prize announcement is here. Regional

Report from ISPAH 2018 in London

Back from the 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress in London (, this is a quick report on my experience of this conference. A little background for those of you who are not familiar with ISPAH (just like me before my first participation this year), this is a large conference on physical

Models Map City Residents’ Aversion to Pollution

In an article titled “Models Map City Residents’ Aversion to Pollution – New theoretical models help urban planners understand how residents think about clean air”, Jennifer Leman, science journalist at Inside Science reports on a recent publication from our group by Mirjam Schindler (now postdoc fellow at Geospatial Research Institute, Christchurch, NZ ) and Geoffrey

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Python for Geographers – A Beginner’s Course

From the 10th to the 12th of September 2018, the University of Luxembourg’s Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, along with the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Science (DSHSS), had the pleasure of hosting a beginner’s course in Python for Geographers. The course was run by Dr Daniel Arribas-Bel from the University of Liverpool