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Javier Martínez is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management within the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also coordinator of the Urban Planning and Management specialization of the 2-year Master’s degree in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation.

He graduated as an architect from the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design of Rosario National University (UNR), Argentina, and obtained his MSc degree in Geo-Information for Urban Planning from ITC. He received his PhD from the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, for his thesis Monitoring intra-urban inequalities with GIS-based indicators: with a case study in Rosario, Argentina. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked in Argentina in the Office of Strategic Planning in Rosario (PER) designing its Urban Indicators System.

His research, publications and teaching experience are focused on the application of GIS, mixed methods and indicators for policy-making, urban poverty, community well-being, quality-of-life and intra-urban inequalities. From 2010 up until November 2014 he was co-coordinator of the Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanization in the South (N-AERUS). Since 2017, he has been a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS). In 2019 he co-edited the book GIS in Sustainable Urban Planning and Management: A Global Perspective (Maarseveen, M. F, Martinez, J. A., & Flacke, J. Boca Raton: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis). He is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Community Well-Being (Springer).

He holds a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) and a Senior University Teaching Qualification (SUTQ/SKO).


He is project leader at ITC of the following Erasmus+ projects:

Building Inclusive Urban Communities


Social Inclusion and Energy Management for Informal Urban Settlements


Building Resilient Urban Communities




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