Prof. Michael Leitner

Host institution: Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management

Grant category: Specialist

Academic year: 2016-2017
Grant start date: October 3, 2016
Grant end date: October 16, 2016
Grant start date: April 3, 2017
Grant end date: April 16, 2017

Michael Leitner is a Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, USA.  He received his B.A. (1987) and M.A. (1990) degrees in geography and cartography from the University of Vienna, Austria and a second M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer cartography from the Department of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.

His main research interests are in geospatial visual analytics, geospatial privacy, and the research and application of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GISc & T) to public safety, public health, disaster management, and forensic analysis.  His research is highly interdisciplinary and overlaps primarily with forensic anthropology, sociology, criminology and criminal justice, statistics, public safety, disaster science, public health, and psychology.  Prof. Leitner is an Adjunct Professor in the LSU Department of Experimental Statistics and a member of the Internal Advisory Committee of the Crime and Policy Evaluation Research (CAPER) group in the LSU’s Department of Sociology.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS and a Faculty Member in the Doctoral College “GI Science” (, both at the University of Salzburg, Austria.  He was a guest professor at the University of Vienna, Austria in 2008 and at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Villach, Austria in 2009.  From 2008-14 he was editor of the Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS) journal published by Taylor and Francis.  Prof. Leitner has published five books, six co-edited journal volumes, and 50+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  He has received $4.8 million in grant money as (Co)-PI until now.