Jia Wang

Dr Jia Wang BSc, MSc, PGCert, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Spatial Data Science

I am currently working as a senior lecturer in spatial data science at School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. My research focuses on spatial knowledge from mental maps, navigation & cognition, GeoAI with big spatial data, walkability and cyclability in urban spaces, and accessibility measure of maternal healthcare with development of formal and computational models. Applications of my work include volunteered geographic information systems, intelligent navigation for pedestrians and cyclists, and systems designed for evaluating maternal healthcare accessibility.

Responsibilities within the university

Module Leader/ Instructor 2022/23

COMP1020 Software Tools for Academic Practice

COMP1832 Programming Fundamentals for Data Science

COMP1814 Statistical Techniques with R

Supervisor 2022/23

COMP1252 MSc project supervision

COMP1682 BSc FYP supervision

PhD co-supervision


I am the reviewer for several top tier international journals within and outside GIS domain such as International Journal of Geographic Information Science, Journal of Spatial Information Science, Journal of Geographic Systems, Sustainability, Spatial Cognition and Computation, Journal of Urbanism and so on.

My teaching and personal tutoring were recognised by students through the 2020 Student Led Teaching Awards. The awards are a student led celebration of teaching excellence and academic quality at the University of Greenwich.

  • Inspirational Teaching Award (shortlisted)
  • Faculty Star Award (nomination)
  • Outstanding Person Tutor Award (nomination)

Research / Scholarly interests

The boundary between computer science, mathematics, spatial cognition, and geographic information science. Current research interests include:

  • Geospatial artificial intelligence
  • Navigation & sustainable travel
  • Movement & formal models
  • Qualitative approaches to spatial representation & reasoning
  • Sketch map vs. language in structuring space

Key funded projects

OnTimeConsortium - Tackling In-transit delays in accessing EmOC (Emergent Maternal Care) services. Funded by Google. https://www.ontimeconsortium.org (Co-investigator since 04/2022)

Recent publications


Banke-Thomas, Aduragbemi , Macharia, Peter, Makanga, Tatenda, Benova, Lenka , Wong, Kerry , Gwacham-Anisiobi, Uchenna , Wang, Jia , Olubodun, Tope , Ogunyemi, Olakunmi , Afolabi, Bosede (2022), Leveraging big data for improving the estimation of close to reality travel time to obstetric emergency services in urban low- and middle-income settings. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Public Health, 10: 931401 2296-2565 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.93140).

Wang, Jia and , Worboys, Michael (2017), Ontologies and representation spaces for sketch map interpretation. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 31 (9) . pp. 1697-1721 ISSN: 1365-8816 (Print), 1365-8824 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2017.1309043).

Wang, Jia , Duckham, Matt, Worboys, Michael, School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University (2016), A framework for models of movement in geographic space. Taylor and Francis Ltd.. In: , , , . Taylor and Francis Ltd., International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Special Issue: Analysis of Movement Data), 30 (5) . pp. 970-992 ISSN: 1365-8816 (Print), 1365-8824 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2015.1078466).

Wang, Jia , Schwering, Angela, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster (2015), Invariant spatial information in sketch maps — a study of survey sketch maps of urban areas. JOSIS. In: , , , . JOSIS, Journal of Spatial Information Science (11) . pp. 31-52 1948-660X (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5311/JOSIS.2015.11.225).

Book section

Wang, Jia and , Rui, Li (2018), Reassessing underlying spatial relations in pedestrian navigation: a comparison between sketch maps and verbal descriptions. IGI Global. In: , , In: Maki Habib (ed.), Handbook of Research on Investigations in Artificial Life Research and Development. IGI Global, (1st) . pp. 49-67 . ISBN: 9781522553960 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Wang, Jia and , Worboys, Michael (2016), Pedestrian navigation aids, spatial knowledge and walkability. In: The 9th International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Tuesday, 27 September - Friday, 30 September 2016, Montreal, Canada , . , (doi: ).

Conference proceedings

Wang, Jia and , Li, Rui (2019), Sketch maps and verbal descriptions in structuring space. AGILE. In: , , , Geospatial Technologies for All. Selected Papers of the 21th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. AGILE, (doi: https://agile-online.org/conference_paper/cds/agile_2018/shortpapers/168%20AGILE_2018.pdf).

Klochkova, Olena , Wang, Jia, Wood, Zena Marie, Worboys, Michael (2017), Pedestrian route planning based on an enhanced representation of pedestrian network and probabilistic estimate of signal delays. GISRUK. In: GISRUK2017, 18th - 21st April 2017, Manchester, UK , GISRUK 2017 e-Proceedings. GISRUK, (63) . pp. 1-6 (doi: http://huckg.is/gisruk2017/GISRUK_2017_paper_63.pdf).

Wang, Jia , Wood, Zena Marie, Worboys, Mike (2016), Conflict in pedestrian networks. Springer International Publishing. In: , , , Geospatial Data in a Changing World. Springer International Publishing, , 4 . pp. 261-278 . ISBN: 9783319337838ISSN: 1863-2246 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33783-8_15).