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University of Iceland

Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences

Askja, Sturlugata 7
IS-101 Reykjavík

Research Interests

Global sustainability, demography and population geography, inequality, socioeconomic disparities, Anthropocene, cartography, geovisualisation, GIS, remote sensing


Topics to speak on:

visualisation, geography, Anthropocene


Benjamin is a geographer educated at the Universities of Cologne & Bonn and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven/Germany) where he conducted research on hyperspectral remote sensing applications in coastal ecosystems. After working as a lecturer in human and urban geography at the Urban and Social Geography Working Group of the Department of Geography, University of Cologne (Germany) he joined the Social and Spatial Inequalities Research Group at the University of Sheffield (UK). He completed his PhD as part of the Worldmapper project with research on visualising the social dimensions of our planet. He then worked at the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield until 2013 when he joined the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. In September 2016 he joined the University of Iceland where as a Professor of Geography at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences he continues to investigate social inequalities, humanity’s impact on Earth, global sustainability and new the development of concepts for analysing, visualising and mapping these issues. He also is an honorary research associate at the University of Oxford and a member of the research cluster on Transformations: Economy, Society and Place at the School of Geography and the Environment.


Deutscher Studienpreis (German Study Award) 2012

Springer Thesis Prize 2013

Wallis Award for Excellence in Cartography 2016

IPPR Northern Lights 2011