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Rob Kitchin

Rob Kitchin
The Human City
National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA)
Co Kildare

Rob Kitchin is a professor at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Kitchin is principal investigator on the European Research Council advanced grant “The Programmable City” project, the Dublin Dashboard, the All-Island Research Observatory, and the Digital Repository of Ireland.

His research looks at how software is changing the infrastructure, management and governance of urban societies.

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’, as well as the editor-in-chief of the 12-volume, ‘International Encyclopedia of Human Geography’.

Kitchin was previously director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at Maynooth University between 2002 and 2013. Kitchin has published widely across the social sciences, including 23 books and over 160 articles and book chapters. He obtained his PhD from the University of Wales.


  • Project: The Programmable City, (SOFTCITY)
  • Host Institution: National University Of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland
  • Call details: Advanced Grant , ERC-2012-ADG, panel SH3
  • Project at the ERC:


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The internet of (knowing too many) things (about you) - 10/02/2016. The report for the Department of the Taoiseach's (Irish Prime Minister) on smart cities, privacy and security, by Rob Kitchin, principal investigator or the ERC project "The Programmable City", was recently published. Find the original report in PDF here.

12/04/2016 - How Big Data can improve urban life. By William Echikson in HostCity Magazine.