Roger Bivand

Professor Emeritus Roger Bivand

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Geographical Information Analysis Statistical programming Spatial econometrics


Roger Bivand has been a professor since 1996, after joining the Norwegian School of Economics in 1988 from previous academic positions in Bodø, Norway, and in Poznań, Poland.

He received his PhD degree in geography from the London School of Economics in 1975, after undergraduate study in Geography at the University of Cambridge. He holds a post-doctoral degree (dr habil.) in geography from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland (1982). He first visited  the Norwegian School of Economics as a student doing fieldwork in 1970, work which continued in his PhD thesis on regional economic development in Norway.

His current research interests are in developing and supporting the development of open source software for analysing spatial data, including spatial econometrics; his software (written with collaborators) has diffused to many organisations, including FAO (statistical yearbook production).

He has been active in the R community since 1997, and is now an auditor of the R Foundation. He is an editor of the Journal of Statistical Software, the R Journal, Journal of Geographical Systems, Geographical Analysis and Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. He is often invited to teach external PhD courses in applied spatial data analysis.

Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Bivand, Roger; Piras, Gianfranco Comparing implementations of estimation methods for spatial econometrics Journal of Statistical Software Volume 63 (18); page 1 - 36; 2015
Bivand, Roger; Gómez-Rubio, Virgilio; Rue, Håvard Approximate Bayesian inference for spatial econometrics models Spatial Statistics Volume 9; page 146 - 165; 2014
Bivand, Roger; Pebesma, Edzer; Gómez-Rubio, Virgilio Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R Springer Science+Business Media B.V.; 2013
Bivand, Roger; Hauke, Jan; Kossowski, Tomasz Computing the Jacobian in Gaussian Spatial Autoregressive Models: An Illustrated Comparison of Available Methods Geographical Analysis Volume 45 (2); page 150 - 179; 2013
Palmí-Perales, Francisco; Gómez-Rubio, Virgilio; Bivand, Roger; Cameletti, Michela; Rue, Håvard Bayesian Inference for Multivariate Spatial Models with INLA The R Journal Volume 15 (3); page 172 - 190; 2023
Pebesma, Edzer; Bivand, Roger Spatial Data Science With Applications in R CRC Press; 2023
Bivand, Roger Analytical environments Handbook of Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences; page 36 - 63; 2022
Bivand, Roger R Packages for Analyzing Spatial Data: A Comparative Case Study with Areal Data Geographical Analysis Volume 54 (3); page 488 - 518; 2022
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Economic Geography, Spatial Data Analysis, Geographical Information Systems, Spatial Econometrics