Rob Kitchin

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Robert Michael Kitchin,[1] MRIA, is a British geographer and academic. Since 2005, he has been Professor of Human Geography at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.


Education and career[edit]

Kitchin graduated from Lancaster University in 1991 with a geography BSc. The following year, he completed an MSc in geographical information systems at the University of Leicester and in 1995 was awarded a PhD by the University of Wales, Swansea,[2] for his thesis "Issues of validity and integrity in cognitive mapping research: investigating configurational knowledge".[3] From 1995 to 1996, he was a lecturer at Swansea, and was then a lecturer at Queen's University Belfast (1996 to 1998). In 1998, he was appointed a lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and was promoted to a senior lecturership in 2001. He was then appointed Professor of Human Geography in 2005.[2] Between 2002 and 2013, he was also Director of NUI Maynooth's National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis.[4] He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 2013, Kitchin received the Royal Irish Academy's Gold Medal.[4] In 2015, he was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.[6]


  • Cyberspace: The World in the Wires (John Wiley and Sons, 1998).
  • (Co-authored with Nick Tate) Conducting Research in Human Geography: Theory, Methodology and Practice (Prentice Hall. 1999).
  • Disability, Space and Society. Changing Geography Series (Geographical Association, 2000).
  • (Co-authored with Martin Dodge) Mapping Cyberspace (Routledge, 2000).
  • (Co-authored with Mark Blades) The Cognition of Geographic Space (IB Taurus, 2001).
  • (Co-authored with Martin Dodge) Atlas of Cyberspace. (Addison-Wesley, 2001).
  • (Co-authored with Phil Hubbard, Brendan Bartley and Duncan Fuller) Thinking Geographically: Space, Theory and Contemporary Human Geography (Continuum, 2002).
  • (Co-authored with Duncan Fuller) The Academic’s Guide to Publishing (Sage, 2005).
  • (Co-authored with Justin Gleeson, Brendan Bartley, John Driscoll, Ronan Foley, Stewart Fotheringham and Chris Lloyd) The Atlas of the Island of Ireland (AIRO/ICLRD, 2008).
  • Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life (MIT Press, 2011).
  • (Co-authored with Noel Castree and Alisdair Rogers) A Dictionary of Human Geography (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences (Sage, 2014).


  1. ^ "The Programmable City", CORDIS: European Research. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Rob Kitchin: About Me", National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis. Archived at the Internet Archive on 28 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Issues of validity and integrity in cognitive mapping research: investigating configurational knowledge", EThOS (British Library). Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Prof Rob Kitchin", Maynooth University. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Kitchin, Rob M.", World Who's Who: Europa Biographical Reference (online ed., Routledge, 2019). Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Rob Kitchin", Royal Irish Academy. Retrieved 22 July 2019.