Justin Gleeson is the Director of the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) and Technical Manager of spatial projects at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA). Justin has a BA and MA in Economic Geography from the National University of Ireland, Galway and an MSc in GIS from the University of Leeds. Following a 5 year term in the commercial GIS industry in the UK, Justin joined NIRSA as Technical Manager of spatial projects in 2006. Justin has been leading the development of the All-Island Research Observatory project for the past number of years and has secured its status as a key part in the national data infrastructure of Ireland. Justin is also involved in a wide range of other projects with the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) and well as Europe wide spatial planning projects.
Justin’s main research areas are in geographical information systems (GIS), spatial planning, demographics, social inclusion, mapping and spatial analysis and improving public data usage and dissemination.
Justin is also currently a Board Member of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and Vice President of the Irish Organisation for Geographical Information (IRLOGI).