dr. O. Kounadi (Rania)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I studied Geography at Harokopeio University of Athens (BSc), Geographical Information Science at University College London (MSc), and completed my Doctoral Degree in Applied Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg with a scholarship for the Doctoral College GIScience. After my PhD studies I was contracted as an instructor at UNIGIS International and a lecturer for the MSc in “Applied Geoinformatics”, and got a postdoc position (all at the University of Salzburg). Since February 2018 I am an assistant professor in GIScience at the Department of Geo-information Processing, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente.

I am involved in the MSc "Geo-information Science and Earth Observation", the MSc  "Spatial Engineering", as well as to the research activities of the Spatio-Temporal Analytics, Maps and Processing research theme, with a focus on crowdsourced data and analytics. My  research interests include: geoprivacy & spatial confidentiality, urban emotions & data fusion (post-doc research), spatiotemporal analysis using Big Data & spatial crime analysis (scientific publications), and volunteered geographical information (master thesis).


Research Design
Data Network


My research interests:

  • Urban Safety - exploiting human-centric collective sensing data to understand, model, and predict urban safety.
  • Spatial Crime Analysis – with research stays at Department of Crime Science and Security (UCL - UK) and Department of Criminology (Temple University - US)
  • Fear of Crime – using social media data to sense people’s concerns about crime events by looking at the effects of the crime characteristics, location, and time.
  • Location privacy & Spatial Confidentiality – PhD work relates to confidential point data. Currently looking at guidelines Vs inference attacks for participatory sensing and geosocial network data.   
  • Dynamic Population Models- based on areal interpolation techniques and uses geosocial network data as ancillary 0Ddata. A significant co-variate to study: crime, health, transportation.


Ristea, A., Kounadi, O., & Leitner, M. (2018). Geosocial media data as predictors in a GWR application to forecast crime hotspots. In 10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science, GIScience 2018 (Vol. 114). Schloss Dagstuhl- Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing. DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.GIScience.2018.56
Kounadi, O., & Resch, B. (2018). A Geoprivacy by Design Guideline for Research Campaigns That Use Participatory Sensing Data. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. DOI: 10.1177/1556264618759877
Kounadi, O., & Resch, B. (2018). Towards geoprivacy guidelines for spatial data. 1-7. Paper presented at Adjunct Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Location Based Services, .DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000225618
Leitner, M., Glasner, P., & Kounadi, O. (2018). Laws of Geography. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.325
Kounadi, O., Bowers, K., & Leitner, M. (2015). Crime Mapping On-line: Public Perception of Privacy Issues. European journal on criminal policy and research, 21(1), 167-190. DOI: 10.1007/s10610-014-9248-4
Kounadi, O., Lampoltshammer, T. J., Groff, E., Sitko, I., & Leitner, M. (2015). Exploring Twitter to Analyze the Public's Reaction Patterns to Recently Reported Homicides in London. PLoS ONE, 10(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121848
Kounadi, O., & Leitner, M. (2015). Defining a Threshold Value for Maximum Spatial Information Loss of Masked Geo-Data. ISPRS international journal of geo-information, 4(2), 572-590. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi4020572
Kounadi, O., & Leitner, M. (2014). Why Does Geoprivacy Matter? The Scientific Publication of Confidential Data Presented on Maps. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 9(4), 34-45. DOI: 10.1177/1556264614544103
Lampoltshammer, T. J., Kounadi, O., Sitko, I., & Hawelka, B. (2014). Sensing the public's reaction to crime news using the 'Links Correspondence Method'. Applied geography, 52, 57-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.04.016
Kounadi, O., Lampoltshammer, T. J., Leitner, M., & Heistracher, T. (2013). Accuracy and privacy aspects in free online reverse geocoding services. Cartography and geographic information science, 40(2), 140-153. DOI: 10.1080/15230406.2013.777138
Other Contributions

Conference Papers

  • Kounadi, O., & Resch, B. (2018, January). Towards geoprivacy guidelines for spatial data. In Adjunct Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Location Based Services (pp. 201-206). ETH Zurich.

Conference Presentations

  • Kounadi, O. (2014). Geoprivacy & sensitive crime data: presenting crime distributions on maps. 1st International Training Conference for Crime Analysts. Bad Waltersdorf, Austria,September 22-25, 2014.
  • Kounadi, O. (2014). Private geoinformation disclosure. Association of American Geographers' Annual Meeting. Tampa, April 8-12, 2014.
  • Kounadi, O., Basiouka, S. (2010). Geographic information systems in the hands of volunteers. The example of OpenStreetMap in London and Athens. 6th Panhellenic Conference HellasGIs. Athens, December 2-3, 2010. 

Conference Posters

  • Bannon, J., Kounadi, O. (2016). Geoprivacy methodologies to permit the safe use of nuclear security event data in a GIS application. IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitment and Actions. Vienna, December 5-6, 2016.
  • Kounadi, O. (2014). Analysing twitter data to understand what affects the public’s interest on homicide incidents. GI_Forum 2014. Salzburg, July 1-4, 2014.
  • Kounadi, O., Lampoltshammer, T. (2012). Performance efficiency versus privacy protection in reverse geocoding services. GI_Forum 2012. Salzburg, July 3-6, 2012.

Other Publications

Co-edited journal volume

  • Resch, B., Zeile, P., Kounadi, O. (eds.) (2018). Crowdsourced Data and Social Media in Participatory Urban Planning. Special issue of Urban Planning, Vol. 3, no. 1. 
  • Kounadi, O., Belgiu, M., Leitner,  M.(eds.) (2014). Geographic information science: a multi-disciplinary and multi-paradigmatic discipline. Special issue of Cartography and Geographic Information Science, vol. 41, no. 3.

Invited presentations

  • Kounadi, O. (2014). Geoprivacy and discrete point data. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geodesy, November, 17, 2014
  • Kounadi, O. (2014). Disclosure of confidential information on maps. Temple University, Department of Criminal Justice. Philadelphia, April 1, 2014.

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    University of Twente, ITC Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation,
    Department of Geo-information Processing
    Summer 2019
    Integrated Geospatial Workflows
    (MSc Geo-information Science and Earth Observation)
    Spatio-temporal Analytics and Modelling (MSc Geo-information Science and Earth
    Global Challenges, Local Action (MSc Geo-information Science and Earth Observation)
    Fall 2018
    Geo-information Science and Earth Observation: a System-based Approach
    (MSc Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation)
    Case study project on Food and Water security (MSc Spatial Engineering)
    Scientific Geocomputing (MSc Geo-information Science and Earth Observation)
    Summer 2018
    Spatio-temporal Analytics and Modelling
    (MSc Geo-information Science and Earth

    University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics
    Fall 2017
    Spatial Predictive Analytics
    (MSc Geoinformatics)
    Summer 2015-2017
    Lectures in GIScience
    (MSc Geoinformatics)
    Summer 2016
    Spatial Analysis of Crime - Concepts, Methods and Applications
    (MSc Geoinformatics)
    Summer 2015 -2016
    Spatial analysis of crime and GI-Science based predictive analytics
    (MSc Geoinformatics)
    Fall 2014 - 2015
    Selected Topics in Geoinformatics
    (MSc Geoinformatics)

    University of Salzburg, UNIGIS International
    2015 – 2018: Spatial Statistics (MSc Geographical Information Systems and Science)
    2016 – 2018: Geographical Analysis (MSc Geographical Information Systems and Science)

    Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, School of Geoinformation
    Fall 2015 -2017: Spatial security and crime analysis (MSc Spatial Information Science)

    University of Vienna, Department of Geography and Regional Research
    Summer 2016: Spatial Analyses of Crime using GIS (BSc Geography)

    University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geodesy
    Fall 2014
    Mobile GIS (MSc Geodesy and Geoinformatics)
    Spatial Databases (BSc Geodesy)

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        University of Twente
        Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
        ITC (building no. 75), room 1-063
        Hengelosestraat 99
        7514AE  Enschede
        The Netherlands

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        Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
        ITC  1-063
        P.O. Box 217
        7500 AE Enschede
        The Netherlands