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Catherine Linard graduated in Geographical Sciences at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium) in 2005. She completed her PhD thesis on spatial and integrated modelling of complex disease systems at the Department of Geography of the UCL in January 2009 and was then visiting researcher for 4 months at the Department of Zoology (TALA Research Group), University of Oxford. She was then a post-doctoral fellow of the Wiener-Anspach Foundation for two years at the Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford, followed by six years (2011-2017) as post-doctoral fellow at the Spatial Epidemiology Lab (SpELL) of the ULB (with fundings from the FNRS and BELSPO). She is professor at the department of Geography of the University of Namur since 2015.

Catherine is interested in integrated approaches to spatial issues in epidemiology. She combines different methods and tools (e.g. Geographical Information Systems, spatial statistics and models, high resolution remote sensing) for a spatial and integrated approach to various disease systems, especially vector-borne and zoonotic diseases (e.g. malaria, dengue, avian influenza). Her current research activities focus on human population distribution predictions, urban expansion models for Africa and the impact of population distribution changes on health and vulnerability. She also produces and updates high-resolution population distribution maps for African countries (WorldPop project).

Areas of expertise

  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Health geography
  • Human population mapping
  • Spatial modelling
  • Geographical Information Systems

External responsibilities

  • Member of the national sub-committee for cartography and GIS
  • Member of the scientific committee for the EUGEO 2017 congress
  • Member of the WorldPop consortium (www.worldpop.org)


  • PhD in Sciences (Geography), UCL, 2009.
  • MSc in Geography (UCL, 2005)
  • BSc in Geography (UCL, 2003)



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2007 2017

  • 1463 Citations
  • 20 h-Index
  • 37 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Working paper

Automated supervised classification of Ouagadougou built-up areas in Landsat scenes using OpenStreetMap

Forget, Y., Linard, C. & Gilbert, M. 10 May 2017 2017 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event, JURSE 2017. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 7924571

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

image classification
Satellite imagery

Sub-national mapping of population pyramids and dependency ratios in Africa and Asia

Pezzulo, C., Hornby, G. M., Sorichetta, A., Gaughan, A. E., Linard, C., Bird, T. J., Kerr, D., Lloyd, C. T. & Tatem, A. J. 19 Jul 2017 In : Scientific Data. 4, 170089

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
age structure
old age
health status

The impact of urbanization and population density on childhood Plasmodium falciparum parasite prevalence rates in Africa

Kabaria, C. W., Gilbert, M., Noor, A. M., Snow, R. W. & Linard, C. 26 Jan 2017 In : Malaria Journal. 16, 1, 49

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Plasmodium falciparum
Population Density

Clade-level Spatial Modelling of HPAI H5N1 Dynamics in the Mekong Region Reveals New Patterns and Associations with Agro-Ecological Factors

Artois, J. , Newman, S. H. , Dhingra, M. S. , Chaiban, C. , Linard, C. , Cattoli, G. , Monne, I. , Fusaro, A. , Xenarios, I. , Engler, R. , Liechti, R. , Kuznetsov, D. , Pham, T. L. , Nguyen, T. , Pham, V. D. , Castellan, D. , Von Dobschuetz, S. , Claes, F. , Dauphin, G. , Inui, K. & 1 others Gilbert, M. 25 Jul 2016 In : Scientific Reports. 6, 30316

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Influenza in Birds
H5N1 Subtype Influenza A Virus
Disease Outbreaks

Dynamic denominators: The impact of seasonally varying population numbers on disease incidence estimates

Zu Erbach-Schoenberg, E., Alegana, V. A., Sorichetta, A., Linard, C., Lourenço, C., Ruktanonchai, N. W., Graupe, B., Bird, T. J., Pezzulo, C., Wesolowski, A. & Tatem, A. J. 12 Oct 2016 In : Population Health Metrics. 14, 1, 35

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cell Phones

Activities 2015 2017

6th EUGEO Congress (Event)

Linard, C. (Member)
4 Sep 20177 Sep 2017

Activity: Membership of committee

Agence Nationale de la Recherche (External organisation)

Linard, C. (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Membership of committee

Belgian Earth Observation Day

Linard, C. (Contributor)
8 Dec 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Cartographier pour répondre aux crises humanitaires

Linard, C. (Invited speaker)
24 Nov 2016

Activity: Invited talk

Big Data and Regional Policy

Linard, C. (Invited Speaker)
22 Nov 2016

Activity: Participation in conference


Forest cover impact on water related ecosystem services: Methods and application at the regional scale (Wallonia, Belgium)

Author: Brogna, D., 28 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Linard, C. (President), Dendoncker, N. (Supervisor), Vincke, C. (External person) (Co-Supervisor), Javaux, M. (External person) (Jury), Carvalho Dos Santos, C. (External person) (Jury) & Cernesson, F. (External person) (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences


Press / Media

Taking the census, with cellphones

Renaud Lambiotte & Catherine Linard


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment