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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Book Chapter

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.

  • Pettit, C. J., Lieske, S. N. and Leao, S. Z. (2016) Big bicycle data processing: From personal data to urban applications. ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, III-2 173-179. doi:10.5194/isprs-annals-iii-2-173-2016

  • 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: 13th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2013, Utrecht,, (127-147). July 2, 2013-July 5, 2013. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-37533-0_8

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Scott Lieske is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision