Dr Scott Lieske

Lecturer in Geography

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science


Dr. Lieske’s overarching research theme is spatial decision support. Topics include city analytics, the costs of sprawl, planning support system theory and implementation as well as regional environmental change. Additional areas of expertise include the effective use of geographic visualisation as a communication and decision support tool.

Research Interests

  • Understanding the structure and dynamics of complex human and natural systems
    This research uses geographical analysis and visual tools to develop and communicate spatially explicit models that synthesize existing biological, socio-economic, and other geographic data. Goals are to assess vulnerability and risk, as well as characterize resilience, mitigation and adaptation priorities.
  • Geographic Information Systems and Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Using crowd sourced data to understand human movement through the built environment
  • Urban Form, Infrastructure and Public Services – the Costs of Sprawl and Challenges of Density
  • Geographical Visualization for Linking Scientific and Local Knowledge


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Sunshine Coast


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Miller, M. L., Lieske, S. N., Carter, R. W. and Walsh, S. J. (2018). Understanding the interaction between a protected destination system and conservation tourism through remote sensing. In Shunlin Liang (Ed.), Comprehensive remote sensing (pp. 123-143) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-409548-9.10418-x

  • Pettit, Christopher, Lieske, Scott N. and Jamal, Murad (2017). CityDash: visualising a changing city using open data. In Stan Geertman, Andrew Allan, Chris Pettit and John Stillwell (Ed.), Planning support science for smarter urban futures (pp. 337-353) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-57819-4_19

  • Lieske, Scott N., Martin, Kari, Grant, Ben and Baldwin, Claudia (2015). Visualization methods for linking scientific and local knowledge of climate change impacts. In Stan Geertman, Joseph Ferreira, Jr., Robert Goodspeed and John Stillwell (Ed.), Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities (pp. 373-389) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-18368-8_20

  • Lieske, Scott N., Coupal, Roger H., Hamerlinck Jeffrey D., McLeod, Donald M. and Scofield, Anna M. (2013). Planning support systems for fiscally sustainable planning. In Stan Geertman, Fred Toppen and John Stillwell (Ed.), Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development (pp. 127-147) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-37533-0_8

  • Lieske, Scott N. (2009). Enhancing Comprehensive Planning with Public Engagement and Planning Support Integration. In Planning Support Systems Best Practice and New Methods (pp. 295-315) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-8952-7_15

  • Lieske, Scott N. (2009). Maintaining downtown curb appeal in Sheridan, Wyoming. In Christopher Thomas and Nancy Humenik-Sappington (Ed.), GIS For Decision Support and Public Policy Making (pp. 165-170) Redlands, California: ESRI Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Pettit, Christopher, Lieske, Scott N. and Jamal, Murad (2017). Citydash: Visualising a Changing City using open data. In: Planning Support Science for Smarter Urban Futures. 15th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, 2017, Adelaide, South Australia, (337-353). July 11-14, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-57819-4_19

  • Izadpanahi, Parisa, Leao, Simone Z., Lieske, Scott N. and Pettit, Christopher (2017). Factors motivating bicycling in Sydney: analysing crowd-sourced data. In: Luisa Brotas, Susan Roaf and Fergus Nicol, Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference. Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), Edinburgh, Scotland, (1355-1362). 3-5 July 2017.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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