Dr Luke Burns

I joined the University's academic staff in 2013 and I am now a Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography in the School of Geography, having previously completed a PhD in Geodemographics (2013), a Masters in Geographical Information Systems (2009) and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography (2008) here at the University of Leeds.

Having worked in both industry and academia, I have developed expertise in several areas of quantitative spatial analysis, in particular within the fields of health and business planning.  Most of my work focuses on the advanced application of geographical information systems (GIS) to socioeconomic problems and the development of geodemographic classification systems and composite indicators – all of which carry forward into my teaching. Aside from leading this innovative online Masters programme in GIS, I also teach across a broad selection of analytical courses comprising undergraduate, taught postgraduate, open distance learning and continuing professional development.  I am currently Deputy Director of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (Education and Training), which supports a research portfolio in excess of £45million across the University, and brings together more than 150 researchers and data scientists.

As Programme Leader for Geographical Information Science, it is my top priority to make sure the course delivers all the skills and contemporary modules that you need to be successful in the GIS industry.