University of St Andrews



Dr Urška Demšar is Lecturer in Geoinformatics at the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, School of Geography & Geosciences, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK. She is originally a mathematician with a degree from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and has a PhD in Geoinformatics from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. More info on her academic career is available on her personal webpage.


Selected external responsibilities:

Internal responsbilities (2015-16):

  • Year 2 coordinator for Geography Programme
  • Library Representative for DGSD


Research Interests

My research interests fall under the general area of spatio-temporal visual analytics. I am interested in using a combination of analytical and visual techniques for knowledge discovery from spatial and spatio-temporal data. In recent years I became interested in analysing and visualising movement, which includes spatial trajectories and spatial flows.

I am involved in a number of international collaborations as well as participating in COST Action MOVE (2010-2013) and being a Co-chair (2015-2018) of the Commission on Visual Analytics of the International Cartographic Association.


Teaching Interests

DGSD Teaching in 2015-16:

  • GG2011 GIS part + module coordination
  • GG2012 module coordination
  • GG3201 Unit 6 Introduction to GIScience
  • SG4228 Advanced Topics in GIScience
  • SG4221 Review Essay – supervision
  • GG4297 Dissertations – supervision 

Postgraduate Students

Current students:

Graduated students:

  • Dr Tommy Burke (PhD 2015)
  • Dr Kazi Ishtiak Ahmed (PhD 2012)