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Professor Francisco Rowe BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA

Professor in Population Data Science Geography and Planning


Research Overview

Francisco's areas of expertise are: internal & international migration; human mobility; and geographic data science. He is featured in the Experts Database of the United Nations Network on Migration and two of his projects on Big Data, machine learning and migration are listed in the Data Innovation Directory of the International Organization for Migration. He has been invited to present his research at the United Nations Population & Development Division in New York and works closely with the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre within International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the UK2070 Commission, UK’s government organisations, including the Ordnance Survey and the ONS Data Campus, and commercial companies, Geolytix. His work contributed to the United Nations Expert group meeting on `sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration', and the ONS Government Statistical Service Advisory Committee. Francisco is the current managing editor of REGION (2022-present), the journal of the European Regional Science Association (2018-present) and social media editor at the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (2021-present). The international reach of his research has been recognised by an award for the best paper published in the journal of Geographical Systems (2021) and in Spatial Economic Analysis (2018) and having top articles in the top 10 most read articles in Spatial Economic Analysis (2017-present), Transportation Research Part C (2018-2019) & Population Studies (2018-present).

Human mobility and migration

Economic Geography and Spatial Inequality

Geographic Data Science

Research Group Membership

Research Grants

Supporting Post Pandemic Recovery and Resilience through New Forms of Data


February 2022 - July 2023

Functional spaces and mobility


August 2021 - March 2022

Understanding the declining trend in internal migration in Europe


December 2016 - May 2018

Research Collaborations

Marzia Rango

External: International Organization for Migration, United Nations

Using large scale social media data to measure perceptions towards immigrants

Jorge Rodríguez-Vignoli

External: The Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE)

Measuring and understanding the impacts of internal migration on cities, towns and local communities in Latin American countries

Stefano Cavazzi

External: Ordnance Survey

Spatio-temporal analyses of neighbourhoods - this work was part of a PhD and was featured by the Geospatial Commission: