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Special Session:
Spatial Perspectives on Healthy Mobility

Physical inactivity has become a severe health threat with serious consequences on the individual and societal level. Recent studies showed that moderate mobility can significantly mitigate the risk for non-communicable diseases, such as coronary heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Several studies on healthy mobility, published in highly prestigious journals (such as the series on “Urban design, transport, and health” in The Lancet) implicitly build on spatial analysis. However, geographers and GIS professionals are hardly ever involved in this research. Because of the increasing interest in public health and the growing attention that is paid to mobility of persons (which is spatial by its very nature) in the context of health prevention, there is a window of opportunity for geographers and researchers from GIScience to transfer spatial knowledge, concepts and tools to the healthy mobility research community and stimulate cross-domain efforts at the intersection of health, mobility and spatial research.

The 2018 GI-Forum special session will be the fourth of a series that deals with relevant research topics at the intersection of GIS and mobility. We invite researchers from any domain to submit original research on healthy mobility, which has spatial information at its core. Relevant topics are (but not limited to):

  • Spatial data acquisition for healthy mobility research (App Data, VGI etc.)
  • Spatial big data analysis in mobility and health research
  • Spatial models and analysis routines for healthy mobility research and decision making
  • Interaction and interdependencies between individuals, environment and health effects
  • Spatial information in the promotion of healthy mobility lifestyles (behavior change)
  • Case studies on healthy mobility from all disciplines (medicine, public health, sports science, environmental psychology, transport science, planning etc.) that build on spatial information

Information: Call for Papers (as pdf-file)

Please note that the Call for Papers is closed  - sorry you missed it!

Deadline for Poster submission is May 1, 2018.


Contributions can either be submitted as full paper, short paper or poster. Any contribution needs to be submitted via the conference submission website and will be object to the double-blind, peer-review process. Authors of accepted full papers are going to be invited to present and discuss their paper (15’+5’) in the special session. Authors of short papers and posters are going to be invited for an elevator pitch (5’). Full papers and short papers will be published in the GI-Forum journal (Open Access).
Besides the special session, which will be organized as paper session, we will provide opportunities for further exchange, project drafting or discussing potential joint publications in an informal workshop format.

Conference Registration


The special session is organized by the GI Mobility Lab (Z_GIS). Any inquiries can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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