About me

stefano_de_sabbataI joined the Department of Geography of the University of Leicester in October 2015 as Lecturer in Quantitative Geography. I am also Research associate of the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford.

Previously I was a Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford (2013-2015) and Junior Research Fellow at the Wolfson College of the University of Oxford (2014-2015). I was awarded a PhD from the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich in 2013, and a BSc and a MSc in computer science from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Udine.

My research focuses on geographic information science, critical GIS, and quantitative human geography. I aim to analyse, visualise, and critique the geographies of information, with a particular interest on internet content production and representativeness. I also work in the field of location-based services, with a particular focus on the concept of geographic relevance, and geographic information retrieval. My teaching and research interests also include geocomputation, information visualization, public participation GIS, volunteer geographic information, and uncertainty in GIS, and a critical approach to data science and big data analysis.

I am a member of the Commission on Location Based Services of the International Cartographic Association, part of the Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group of the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford, and member of the European Network Exploring Research into Geospatial Information Crowdsourcing (ENERGIC, COST Action IC1203). I am also Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Research Areas for PhD Supervision include:

information geographies, internet, geographic relevance, location-based services, geographic information retrieval, critical GIS, geocomputation, volunteer geographic information

Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, please make informal enquiries via geogPGresearch@le.ac.uk.