• 2280 Citations
  • 22 h-Index

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Personal profile


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)

Award Date: 15 Jan 2009

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Research Output

  • 2280 Citations
  • 22 h-Index
  • 57 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article
  • 1 Working paper

An evaluation of species distribution models to estimate tree diversity at genus level in a heterogeneous urban-rural landscape

Stas, M., Aerts, R., Hendrickx, M., Dendoncker, N., Dujardin, S., Linard, C., Nawrot, T., Van Nieuwenhuyse, A., Aerts, J. M., Van Orshoven, J. & Somers, B., Jun 2020, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 198, 103770.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    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., 2 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Digital Earth. 13, 1, p. 78-100 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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., 2 Jan 2020, In : African Geographical Review. 39, 1, p. 45-57 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Mobile Phone Data for Urban Climate Change Adaptation: Reviewing Applications, Opportunities and Key Challenges

    Dujardin, S., Jacques, D., Steele, J. & Linard, C., 18 Feb 2020, In : Sustainability. 12, 4, p. 1501 17 p., 1501.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Downloads (Pure)

    Transformative Urban Changes of Beijing in the Decade of the 2000s

    Sorichetta, A., Nghiem, S. V., Masetti, M., Linard, C. & Richter, A., 16 Feb 2020, In : Remote Sensing. 12, 4, 24 p., 652.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Downloads (Pure)


    Spatial analysis and characteristics of pig farming in Thailand

    Gaughan, A. E. (Contributor), Linard, C. (Contributor), Gilbert, M. (Contributor), Visser, M. (Contributor), Epprech, M. (Contributor), Chinson, P. (Contributor), Kasemsuwan, S. (Contributor), Robinson, T. P. (Contributor) & Thanapongtharm, W. (Contributor), Figshare, 1 Jan 2016


    Mapping intra-urban malaria risk using high resolution satellite imagery: a case study of Dar es Salaam

    Noor, A. M. (Contributor), Kabaria, C. W. (Contributor), Linard, C. (Contributor), Molteni, F. (Contributor), Chacky, F. (Contributor), Mandike, R. (Contributor) & Snow, R. W. (Contributor), Figshare, 1 Jan 2016



    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