Personal profile

Personal profile

Sherif Amer obtained his Master of Science degree in human geography with a specialization in economic geography at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. Following his graduation he continued to study at ITC for one year and obtained a Postgraduate diploma in Geo-information Systems for Urban Applications in 1998.

After that he worked at Utrecht University for a period of 4 years with the National Centre of Expertise for Spatial Information Processing. In 1993 he joined ITC where he was appointed as assistant professor GIS/LIS for Urban Planning and Management with the (now) department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management (PGM). While working at ITC he conducted his doctoral research and in 2007 successfully defended his PhD dissertation, again at the University of Utrecht.

Over the last 15 years he gradually specialised in the application of Geographic Information Science for the analysis and planning of social services, with an emphasis on health and education. Theoretically the topic is closely associated with concepts of social welfare, equity and efficiency. Methodologically the topic deals with more advanced GIS-based spatial analytical methods, modelling techniques and statistical analysis.

He is a member of the international society of urban health which aims to encourage research, interventions, and program evaluations that lead to healthier cities in the 21st century. Within ITC he is a member of the Management Team of the PGM department, responsible for the portfolio of externally financed projects (as of mid-2007).

Research interests

Activities in research

Research activities focus on the application of Geo-information science (GISc) methods and techniques in support of spatial planning of health and other social services in rapidly evolving urban areas. In addition research activities encompass methods and models for the analysis and modelling of socio-spatial patterns of social services utilisation. The PhD research, for example, examined how GISc can be used to develop a spatial planning approach that contributes to equitable and efficient provision of urban health services in cities in sub-Saharan Africa. The research illustrates how sophisticated GIS-based analytical techniques can be usefully applied in support of strategic spatial planning of urban health services delivery. The overall aim of the research activities is that the analytical tools developed support planners/decision-makers in making informed spatial decisions.


Activities in education

Sherif has been involved in many aspects related to education: course design, implementation and coordination, teaching and supervision (MSc and other levels), evaluation, as well as acquisition of contract education. In most cases the education activities concern ITC's Urban Planning and Management course but he has also coordinated a minor on Geodata Processing and Spatial Information for the University of Twente for a number of years. The topics of his lectures cover abovementioned field of social services planning but also includes general GIS and Database Management theory and the teaching of research skills.


Capacity development

As portfolio holder for externally financed projects Sherif has a special task with respect to the administration and monitoring of the many international projects conducted by the staff of the PGM department. Over the years he has conducted various assignments for international developing organizations, in countries such as Indonesia, China, Malawi, Egypt, Jordan, Tanzania and Rwanda. On a number of occasions he organised and conducted refresher courses together with colleagues from PGM and other ITC departments. Finally, he has extensive experience in international project management as team leader and project director of international consortia involved in institution building and capacity building for academic institutions in the developing world.


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Research Output 1991 2017

Schistosomiasis mansoni incidence data in Rwanda can improve prevalence assessments, by providing high-resolution hotspot and risk factors identification

Nyandwi, E., Veldkamp, A., Amer, S., Karema, C. & Umulisa, I. 1 Dec 2017 In : BMC public health. 17, 1, 14 p., 845

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Spatial modelling of malaria risk factors in Ruhuha sector in the east of Rwanda

Tuyishimire, J., Kateera, F., Mugisha, J., Amer, S. & Mens, P. 2017 1, 1, p. 1-32 32 p., II

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Children's perception of their city centre: a qualitative GIS methodological investigation in a Dutch city

Al Arasi, H. A., Martinez Martin, J. & Amer, S. 13 Nov 2016 In : Children's geographies. 14, 4, p. 437-452

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