Rob Kitchin is a professor and ERC Advanced Investigator in the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at Maynooth University, for which he was director between 2002 and 2013. He is one of Ireland’s leading social scientists and was the 2013 recipient of the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for the Social Sciences and received the Association of American Geographers ‘Meridian Book Award’ for the outstanding book in the discipline in 2011. After studying at Lancaster University (BSc Geography), Leicester University (MSc GIS) and the University of Wales Swansea (PhD Geography), he took up a post in Queen’s University Belfast in 1996, moving to Maynooth University in 1998.
He has published widely across the social sciences, including 23 books and over 140 articles and book chapters. He is editor of the international journal, Dialogues in Human Geography, and has been an editor of Progress in Human Geography and Social and Cultural Geography. He was the editor-in-chief of the 12 volume, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, and edits two book series, Irish Society and Key Concepts in Geography. He has successfully written or been a principal investigator on forty grants, totalling c.€34m, including funding from PRTLI 2, 4, 5, IRC, ERC, SFI, ESRC, NSF, Interreg and RIA. He is currently a principal investigator on the Programmable City project, the Digital Repository of Ireland, the All-Island Research Observatory and the Dublin Dashboard. He has delivered over 130 invited talks at conferences and universities and his research has been cited over 600 times in local, national and international media.
He is also the author of four crime fiction novels and two collections of short stories.