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Monika Kuffer received her PhD from the University of Twente (NL) and one MSc in Human Geographer (TU Munich), and a second MSc in Geographic Information Science (University of London). She is working as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC, University of Twente). Her main research foci are urban remote sensing, monitoring deprived areas (e.g., slums), and analyzing urban form and dynamics with remote sensing, spatial statistics, and spatial metrics. Her research is driven by providing spatial information to support planning and decision-making processes in complex cities, toward inclusive, livable, and sustainable cities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • G Geography (General)
  • urban planning
  • urban remote sensing
  • slums
  • informal areas
  • deprivation
  • poverty
  • machine learning
  • urban modelling
  • spatial statistics


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