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Department of Geography Geographic Information Systems

Peter Ranacher
Peter Ranacher, Dr.
Group leader

Geographic Information Systems

Tel.: 044 635 65 34
Room number: Y25 J 80


2017 – present University of Zurich, Advanced Spatial Analysis
Lecture on advanced procedures of spatial analysis including spatial cluster analysis, density estimation, neighborhood relations and network analysis
2016 – present University of Zurich, Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis
Introductory level course on data types and operations in R, spatial data handling and basic programming
2016 – present University of Zurich, Small Group Teaching
Guided Reading course for discussing scientific literature from Geography


Awards, Grants and Prizes

2017 Most Downloaded Paper Award
Award for the most downloaded paper in the International Journal of Geographic Information Science published in 2016
2016 Science Slam
Winner of the Science Slam Salzburg 2016
2013 COST Action Grant
Grant for Short-Term Scientific Mission (under COST Action IC0903)
2012 Best Poster Award
Best Poster Award at the DK GIScience Symposium 2012, Salzburg University
2009 Ideenwettbewerb GoGeo09
First prize in the GoGeo09 competition for ideas organized by the Bavarian Information and Communication Cluster (BICC)


Technical Skills

Programming: Python, R, PL/pgSQL
Computer Software: PostgreSQL, QGIS, ArcGIS



2011 – 2016 PhD in Applied Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg
2008 – 2010 MSc in Geospatial Technologies, Graz University of Technology
2008 – 2010 BSc in Geography, University of Graz



German (native), English (proficient), Russian (independent), Italian (basic), French (basic)