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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, UniversitéCatholique de Louvain

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Projects 2015 2022

Research Output 2007 2019

  • 2136 Citations
  • 22 h-Index
  • 54 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article
  • 1 Working paper

An application of geographical random forests for population estimation in Dakar, Senegal using very-high-resolution satellite imagery

Georganos, S., Grippa, T., Gadiaga, A., Vanhuysse, S., Kalogirou, S., Lennert, M. & Linard, C., 1 May 2019, 2019 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE): May, 22-24, 2019, Vannes, France. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 8809049. (2019 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event, JURSE 2019).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

population estimation
satellite imagery
Satellite imagery
Remote sensing

Brucella-positive raw milk cheese sold on the inner European market: A public health threat due to illegal import?

Jansen, W., Linard, C., Noll, M., Nöckler, K. & Al Dahouk, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : Food Control. 100, p. 130-137 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
raw milk

Comparisons of two global built area land cover datasets in methods to disaggregate human population in eleven countries from the global South

Stevens, F. R., Gaughan, A. E., Nieves, J. J., King, A., Sorichetta, A., Linard, C. & Tatem, A. J., 23 Sep 2019, In : International Journal of Digital Earth.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

land cover
Learning systems
Feature extraction
population density

Diversity of urban growth patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1960–2010 period

Wolff, E., Grippa, T., Forget, Y., Georganos, S., Vanhuysse, S., Shimoni, M. & Linard, C., 1 Jan 2019, In : African Geographical Review. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

urban population
urban growth
population growth

Emerging challenges of infectious diseases as a feature of land systems

Vanwambeke, S. O., Linard, C. & Gilbert, M., 1 Jun 2019, In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 38, p. 31-36 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

infectious disease
contagious disease
land use

Activities 2015 2017

6th EUGEO Congress (Event)

Catherine Linard (Member)
4 Sep 20177 Sep 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Agence Nationale de la Recherche (External organisation)

Catherine Linard (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Belgian Earth Observation Day

Catherine Linard (Contributor)
8 Dec 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Big Data and Regional Policy

Catherine Linard (Invited Speaker)
22 Nov 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Cartographier pour répondre aux crises humanitaires

Catherine Linard (Invited speaker)
24 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


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

Author: Brogna, D., 28 Aug 2017

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

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences


Wild bee diversity across space and time: the role of land use/land cover and climate

Author: Marshall, L., 26 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Dendoncker, N. (Supervisor), Biesmeijer, J. C. (External person) (Co-Supervisor), Linard, C. (President), Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J. (External person) (Jury), Carvalheiro, L. G. (External person) (Jury), Titeux, N. (External person) (Jury) & Vereecken, N. J. (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