dr. M. Kuffer (Monika)

Associate Professor

About Me

Monika Kuffer is working as Associated Professor at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC, University of Twente). Her main research interests are urban remote sensing, SDG monitoring, mapping deprived areas (e.g., slums), and analyzing urban form and dynamics with remote sensing and spatial statistics/metrics. She is co-chairing an international network on deprivation area mapping IDEAMAPS (https://ideamapsnetwork.org), and is presently working on two research projects related to deprivation area mapping SLUMAP (http://slumap.ulb.be) and ACCOUNT (https://slummap.net). She received her PhD from the University of Twente (NL) and one MSc in Human Geographer (TU Munich) and a second MSc in Geographic Information Science (University of London).



Earth & Environmental Sciences
Earth Observation
Informal Settlement
Remote Sensing
Urban Area
Social Sciences


Wang, J., Fleischmann, M., Venerandi, A., Romice, O. , Kuffer, M., & Porta, S. (2023). EO + Morphometrics: Understanding cities through urban morphology at large scale. Landscape and urban planning, 233, [104691]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2023.104691
Eltinay, N. , Kuffer, M. , Gevaert, C. M., Ali, I. M. M., Flasse, C., Badi, M., Gummah, A., Kumi, J., Kushieb, I., Sakhi, W., Elzaki, T., Abdallah, M., Ali, M., Hamza, M., & Ahmed, F. (2022). Integrated deprivation area mapping system for displacement durable solutions and socio-economic reconstruction, Sudan (IdeaMapSudan). In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Appropriate Technology: Enhancing Peace and Governance through Appropriate Technology: Reimagining Sustainable Community Wellbeing in an Era of Global Climate Change (pp. 461-474). International Network on Appropriate Technology. https://www.appropriatetech.net/index.php/10th-icat-2022
Kumalasari, D. , Koeva, M. N. , Vahdatikhaki, F., Petrova-Antonova, D. , & Kuffer, M. (2022). Generative design for walkable cities: A case study of Sofia. In C. C. Wang, & S. Shirowzhan (Eds.), International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences: 7th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities (4/W5-2022 ed., Vol. 48, pp. 75-82). (International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives). Copernicus. https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLVIII-4-W5-2022-75-2022
Georganos, S., Hafner, S. , Kuffer, M., Linard, C., & Ban, Y. (2022). A census from heaven: Unraveling the potential of deep learning and Earth Observation for intra-urban population mapping in data scarce environments. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 114, [103013]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2022.103013
Wang, J., Fleischmann, M., Venerandi, A. , Kuffer, M., & Porta, S. (2022). Earth observation + morphometrics: towards a systematic understanding of cities in challenging contexts. In Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form (pp. 363-370). University of Strathclyde. https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/80476/
Wang, J., Georganos, S. , Kuffer, M. , Abascal, A., & Vanhuysse, S. (2022). On the knowledge gain of urban morphology from space. Computers, environment and urban systems, 95, [101831]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2022.101831
Abascal, A., Rodríguez-Carreño, I., Vanhuysse, S., Georganos, S. , Sliuzas, R., Wolff, E. , & Kuffer, M. (2022). Identifying degrees of deprivation from space using deep learning and morphological spatial analysis of deprived urban areas. Computers, environment and urban systems, 95, 1-20. [101820]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2022.101820
Kuffer, M., Grippa, T. , Persello, C., Taubenböck, H. , Pfeffer, K. , & Sliuzas, R. (2022). Mapping the morphology of urban deprivation. In X. Yang (Ed.), Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis, and Modeling in the Urban Environment (pp. 305-323). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119625865.ch14
Merodio Gómez, P., Juarez Carrillo, O. J. , Kuffer, M. , Thomson, D. R., Olarte Quiroz, J. L., Villaseñor García, E., Vanhuysse, S. , Abascal, A., Oluoch, I. , Nagenborg, M. , Persello, C., & Brito, P. L. (2021). Earth observations and statistics: Unlocking sociodemographic knowledge through the power of satellite images. Sustainability (Switzerland), 13(22), 1-21. [12640]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212640
Vanhuysse, S., Georganos, S. , Kuffer, M., Grippa, T., Lennert, M., & Wolff, E. (2021). Gridded urban deprivation probability from open optical imagery and dual-pol SAR data. In 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS (pp. 2110-2113). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9554231
Owusu, M. , Kuffer, M. , Belgiu, M., Grippa, T., Lennert, M., Georganos, S., & Vanhuysse, S. (2021). Geo-ethics in slum mapping. In 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS (pp. 5700-5703). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9553570

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Ongoing research projects on Earth Observation and mapping deprived urban areas: 

The IDEAMAPS Network is developing and maintaining an Integrated DEprived Area MAPping System (IDEAMAPS) that leverages the strengths of our current silo-ed approaches to “slum” area mapping.
More info: https://ideamapsnetwork.org/

ACCOUNT (Accounting for the unaccounted) is developing a machine-learning based framework for estimating the population of invisible spaces in support of the SDG Slum Indicator.
More info: https://slummap.net/index.php/account/ 

The SLUMAP project (Remote Sensing for SluMapping and Characterization in sub-Saharan African Cities) is a two-year research project (2019-2021) funded by the STEREO-III programme of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO).
More info: http://slumap.ulb.be/ 

IDEAMAPSUDAN (Integrated Deprivation Area Mapping System for Displacement Durable Solutions and socioeconomic reconstruction in Khartoum, Sudan) is implementing a training project in Sudan on Capacity strengthening for gender-responsive and sustainable urban development.
More info: https://slummap.net/index.php/projects-overview/ 

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1301
Hallenweg 8
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1301
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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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