Mairead de Roiste

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Programme Director, Geographic Information Science School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences


Teaching in 2020


  • PhD in Geography - Trinity College, Dublin (2007)
  • PDip in Statistics - Trinity College, Dublin (2006)
  • MSc in GIS - University of Leicester (2002)
  • BA with Hons in Geography and Economics - Trinity College, Dublin (2000)
  • SCH Trinity College, Dublin (1998)


Publications 2006 - 2017


Research Interests

Dr Mairéad de Róiste undertakes research in GIS and has substantive research interests into 1. how people use and understand geographic information and systems incorporating usability, geovisualization, and public participation GIS and 2. understanding GIS pedagogy and capability building.

Current research projects include

  • using VR to model wetlands and support identity building with Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa,
  • modelling social and cultural values for ecosystem service (ES) approaches (using LUCI),
  • exploring the influence of visualization methods on ES informed decision making,
  • modelling residential and transport decisions in the Greater Wellington Region,
  • establishing usability methods for online maps, and
  • exploring graduate pathways and barriers to the GIS industry.

Student research enquiries are welcomed in these areas at both Masters and PhD levels. Past student projects include perceptions of crowd sourcing in authoritative datasets, developing a trust model for volunteered geographic information, and modelling passenger satisfaction on public transport using crowdsourcing.


Teaching in 2020