Prof Richard Kingston

Prof. of Urban Planning and GISc

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I am Professor of Urban Planning and GISc and Deputy Director of the Spatial Policy Analysis Lab. A large part of my current role is leading NERC's 5 year Digital Solutions Programme which is investing £8m in the development of an online platform and set of toolkits that will exploit environmental and other data to create innovative digital services that deliver economic, societal and environmental benefits across the UK. You can find further information on that here

I joined the University in September 2003 and was previously a research associate at the Centre for Computational Geography, School of Geography, University of Leeds where I developed PPGIS methods and applications. I have worked in planning practice for Leicestershire County Council and a number of planning consultancies before focusing on an academic career.

Head over to my PPGIS research site for the latest information.

My virtual office hours (for UoM students)

Please contact me via email to arrange a suitable time.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
  • Town & Country Planning Association
  • Urban & Regional Information Systems Association
  • Manchester Data Science Management Board

Further information

Contact details:

Skype Me™! on richard.p.kingston     gisplanner

I also run the Urban-Regional-Planning JISCM@il list which anyone can join.


External positions

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Participatory Mapping

2021 → …

Associate Editor for Regional Studies, Regional Science, Regional Studies Association

1 Aug 202031 Jul 2023

Managing Director, Tellus Toolkit Limited

1 Aug 2015 → …

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Urban Planning


  • Planning Support Systems, PPGIS, Geographic Information Science (GISc), Smart Cities, Spatial Analysis

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