Prof. David Unwin

Prof. David Unwin, Prof. David Unwinuntil his retirement in 2002, was Professor of Geography at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he retains an Emeritus Chair in the subject. His work using and developing spatial statistics in research stretches back some 40 years, and he has authored over a hundred academic papers in the field, together with a series of texts and a series of edited collections at the interface between geography and computer science. Having developed the world's first wholly internet-delivered Master's program in GIS in 1998, David Unwin has considerable experience of teaching and tutoring online.  Most recently, in 2012 David has been awarded the Ron F Abler Honor of the Association of American Geographers for distinguished service to their discipline.


BSc Science, University of London

M Phil, University of London

Areas of Expertise:

Geographic information science

spatial statistics


(all in environmental science applications)


Co-author, Geographic Information Analysis, 2nd edition (Wiley, 2010)

Co-editor, Visualization in GIS (John Wiley & Sons, 1994)

Co-editor, Spatial Analytical Perspectives on GIS (CRC Press, 1996)

Co-editor, Virtual reality in Geography (CRC Press, 2002)

Co-editor, Re-presenting GIS (John Wiley & Sons, 2005)

Co-editor, Teaching GIS&T in Higher Education (Wiley, 2012)


1999 (UK) Association for Geographic Information Past President’s Prize

2005 (US) University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Educator of the Year award

2012 - Ron F Abler Honor of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) for distinguished service to Geography

Website links:

Spatial Analysis Techniques in R
Spatial Statistics with Geographic Information Systems

Instructor at since December 2005


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