Anna Kovács-Győri*

*[kova:tS - djøri]

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Hi, I am anna. Nice to meet you!

I have just started a PostDoc position at the IDA Lab in Salzburg, as one of the two leaders of the Space & Mobility team. I finished my doctoral studies in February 2020, at the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria. My research interest lies in understanding how urban form and functions along with various socio-economic factors define and affect the livability of a place. The research is performed through the investigation of the person-environment relationship from various aspects, mostly by applying GIS and spatiotemporal analysis methods.

Before starting my PhD, I studied Geography with a specialization in GIS at the Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Szeged, Hungary. During my studies I was a student research fellow at the Disaster Management Directorate of Csongrád County, Hungary from the summer of 2013. The main focus of my master thesis was how GIS methods can improve the flood evacuation plan of Szeged. Before starting my PhD, I was working for Budapest Közút as a GIS technician.

Since 2015 I live in Salzburg with my husband. In 2019, my daughter arrived, so now we are a family of three. As a geographer I like hiking but besides geography and professional things I am also a sewing enthusiast.

You can also check my professional CV here.

Why cities and livability?

Edward Glaeser in his book, The Triumph of the City argues that cities are the greatest invention of humans. Although cities provide great opportunities for people, they are definitely not perfect. Analyzing urban phenomena is challenging, as cites are highly complex system. Therefore, improving urban quality is an immense task.

I believe that with GIS, we can investigate many aspects of urban life ranging from the effect of planned large events (e.g. Olympic Games) to how the urban environment affects health, by supporting and collaborating with urban planners.

Journal articles


Kovacs, T., Kovacs-Györi, A., Resch, B. (2021) #AllforJan: How Twitter Users in Europe Reacted to the Murder of Ján Kuciak—Revealing Spatiotemporal Patterns through Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modeling. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf., 10(9), 585. doi: 10.3390/ijgi10090585

Kovacs-Györi, A., Resch, B. (2021) Towards an automated spatial workflow for the global monitoring of public urban green accessibility in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. gis.Science 2/2021 pp.39-46.


Kovacs-Györi et. al (2020) Opportunities and Challenges of Geospatial Analysis for Promoting Urban Livability in the Era of Big Data and Machine Learning. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf., 9(12), 752. doi: 10.33090/ijgi9120752


Kovacs-Györi, A., Cabrera-Barona, P., Resch, B., Mehaffy, M., Blaschke T. (2019). Assessing and Representing Livability through the Analysis of Residential Preference. Sustainability, 11(18), 4934. doi: 10.3390/su11184934

Kovacs-Györi, A., Cabrera-Barona, P. (2019). Assessing Urban Livability through Residential Preference – An International Survey. Data, 4(4), 134. doi: 10.3390/data4040134

Dörrzapf, L., Kovacs-Györi, A., Resch, B., Zeile, P. (2019). Defining and assessing walkability: a concept for an integrated approach using surveys, biosensors and geospatial analysis. Urban Development Issues, 62, pp. 5–15. doi: 10.2478/udi-2019-0008

Blaschke, T., Merschdorf, H., Cabrera-Barona, P., Gao, S., Papadakis, E., Kovacs-Györi, A. (2019). Place versus Space: From Points, Lines and Polygons in GIS to Place-Based Representations Reflecting Language and Culture. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf., 7(11), 452. doi: 10.3390/ijgi7110452


Kovacs-Gyori, A., Ristea, A., Kolcsar, R., Resch, B., Crivellari, A., & Blaschke, T. (2018). Beyond Spatial Proximity—Classifying Parks and Their Visitors in London Based on Spatiotemporal and Sentiment Analysis of Twitter Data. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf., 7(9), 378. doi: 10.3390/ijgi7090378

Kovacs-Gyori, A., Ristea, A., Havas, C., Resch, B., & Cabrera-Barona, P. (2018). #London2012: Towards Citizen-Contributed Urban Planning Through Sentiment Analysis of Twitter Data. Urban Planning, 3(1), 75-99. doi: 10.17645/up.v3i1.1287

Kitka, G., Kovács-Győri, A., Tátrai, J., Oroszi, V. (2018). Application of GIS for a Climate Change Prepared Disaster Management in Csongrád County, Hungary. Journal of Environmental Geography 11 (3–4), 49–56. doi: 10.2478/jengeo-2018-0012


Kovacs-Györi, A. (2017). Mapping Urban Practices Through Mobile Phone Data [Book review]. The AAG Review of Books, (5)1, 41-43. doi: 10.1080/2325548X.2017.1257288

Conference papers


Blaschke, T., Kovács-Győri, A. (2020) Earth Observation to Substantiate the Sustainable Development Goal 11: Practical Considerations and Experiences from Austria. Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLIII-B4-2020, 769–774, doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIII-B4-2020-769-2020.

Graf, L., Asante, S. A., Kovacs-Györi, A. (2020) Investigating Conflicts between Gold Mining and Water Protection by Remote Sensing Imagery. Regional Academy on the United Nations 2019/20 - Final report


Kovacs-Györi, A. (2019). GIS-based Livability Assessment: A practical tool, a promising solution? In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management GISTAM, pp. 289–296. doi: 10.5220/0007753702890296

Kovacs-Györi, A., Winner, H., Blaschke, T., Dzien, A., Dzien-Bischinger, C. (2019). What is special about spatial aspects in subjective well-being analysis? In 56th International Making Cities Livable: A Healthy City for All. Portland, OR, USA

Dörrzapf, L., Zeile, P., Brocza, U., Schwomma, Y., Resch, B., Kovács-Győri, A., Berger, M. (2019). Walk & Feel – a New Integrated Walkability Research Approach . REAL CORP 2019


Kovacs-Györi, A., Reinel, B. (2018). Reflecting Individual Preferences and Spatiality in Livability Measurements: A Livability Assessment Platform for the City of Salzburg. In Tracada, E. and Cairns, G. (eds) AMPS Proceedings Series 10 - Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable? pp. 211–221.

Kovacs-Gyori, A. (2018). Qualitative Walkability and Human Scale Assessment to Create "Great Cities". The City at Eye Level - Spring Training 2018


Blaschke, T., Lang, S., Tiede, D., Papadakis, E., Kovacs-Gyori, A. (2016). Object-based image analysis beyond remote sensing - The human perspective. In The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XLI-B7. doi: 10.5194/isprsarchives-XLI-B7-879-2016

doctoral thesis

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