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Rob Kitchin

Rob Kitchin

Professor of Geography and ERC Advanced Investigator

National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth University

BSc, MSci, PhD
DRI Role

Maynooth University Co-Principal Investigator of the Digital Repository of Ireland

Management Board member

Research Interests
Data analytics, human geography, cartography, software studies

+353 (0) 1 708 3372



Professor Rob Kitchin is Director of NIRSA, Chairperson of the Irish Social Sciences Platform and Principal Investigator of the All-Island Research Observatory. He has published widely across the social sciences, including 20 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. He is Editor of the international journals Progress in Human Geography (ISI rank 2/61) and Dialogues in Human Geography, and for 11 years was Editor of Social and Cultural Geography. He was Editor-in-Chief of the 12 volume International Encyclopedia of Human Geography and edits two book series, Irish Society and Key Concepts in Geography. He has written or been a principal investigator on 40 grant schemes, totalling over €30m, including funding from PRTLI 2, 4, 5, ESRC, NSF, Interreg, and the RIA. He has undertaken research for government departments, semi-stage agencies, NGOs and community groups. To date he has organised over 20 conferences and workshops, and been invited to present over 85 talks at conferences and universities in over a dozen countries. His research has been widely covered in national and international media and he is a regular media commentator on social issues. His book Code/Space (with Martin Dodge) won the Association of American Geographers Meridian Book Award for outstanding book in the discipline in 2011 and a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2011 award from the American Library Association. He blogs at Ireland After NAMA and The View From the Blue House. Follow him @robkitchin

Selected Publications

Dodge, M., Kitchin, R. & Perkins, C. (Eds). (2011). The map reader: Theories of mapping practice and cartographic representation. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kitchin, R. & Dodge, M. (2011). Code/space: Software and everyday life. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Hubbard, P. & Kitchin, R. (Eds.). (2010). Key thinkers on space and place (2nd edn). London: Sage.

Dodge, M., Kitchin, R. & Perkins, C. (Eds.). (2009). Rethinking maps: New frontiers in cartographic theory. London: Routledge.

Hubbard, P., Kitchin, R. & Valentine, G. (Eds.). (2008). Key texts in human geography. London: Sage.

Kitchin, R. & Thrift, N. (Eds.). (2005). International encyclopedia of human geography (12 volumes). Amsterdam: Elsevier. Kitchin, R. (Ed.). (2007). Mapping worlds: International perspectives on social and cultural geographies. Taylor and Francis.

Bartley, B. & Kitchin, R. (Eds.). (2007). Understanding contemporary Ireland. London: Pluto Press.