Philippe De Maeyer is senior full professor in cartography and GIS; he is the chair of the Department of Geography. He is full member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences.
He is involved in research on:
- the history of cartography and map making and the use of GIS in historical (map) studies (esp. 18th till 20th Century);
- the use of GIS and remote sensing for land-cover/land-use issues/changes (including climate change, esp. in Central-Asia);
- the use of GIS and remote sensing in archaeology (Silk road in Xinjiang, (China), Campeche (Mexico), ...);
- risk modelling (esp. the economic direct impact and the social, ecological and cultural impact) of floods and other natural hazards (Belgium, SIDS Small Island Developing States, ...);
- the use of GIS for accessibility studies, e.g. accessibility to health care;
- indoor routing (algorithms, landmarks), ....