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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 2022

Research Output 2007 2019

  • 1744 Citations
  • 21 h-Index
  • 38 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Working paper

Using Local Climate Zones in Sub-Saharan Africa to tackle urban health issues

Brousse, O., Georganos, S., Demuzere, M., Vanhuysse, S., Wouters, H., Wolff, E., Linard, C., van Lipzig, N. P. M. & Dujardin, S., 1 Mar 2019, In : Urban Climate. 27, p. 227-242 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

urban climate
satellite imagery

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. (2017 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event, JURSE 2017).

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

image classification
Satellite imagery
18 Downloads (Pure)

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
7 Downloads (Pure)

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 othersGilbert, 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

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