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Dr Urška Demšar is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Geoinformatics in the School of Geography & Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK. She has a PhD in Geoinformatics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden and a background in Applied Mathematics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In St Andrews, she is a co-director of the Bell-Edwards Geographic Data Institute.

Her research interests are in spatio-temporal visual analytics and in particular in analysis of movement – a topic on which she is collaborating with movement researchers from other disciplines (movement ecologists, human-computer interaction specialists). She established these interdisciplinary collaborations through her participation in the European COST Action MOVE (Knowledge Discovery from Moving Objects). She is currently Associate Editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science and in the period 2015-2019 she was co-chair of the International Cartographic Association commission on Visual Analytics.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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