SpatialThink Lab

SpatialThink Lab

Mairéad de Róiste’s Research Lab

Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington

About the lab

The SpatialThink Lab is a research lab studying various aspects of spatial thinking and cognition with a particular focus on spatial modelling, usability, cartography, and geovisualization. We employ novel visualizations such as tactile maps and virtual reality.

We have particular expertise in geospatial pedagogy and offer both university and short tailored GIS and other geospatial courses.

The lab is lead by Dr Mairéad de Róiste an Associate Professor at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and is based in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Current students are studying design guidelines for tactile maps for blind and low vision users, supporting decision making using virtual reality in ecosystem service modelling, and using virtual reality to weave identity. Former students have looked at noise modelling for early childhood centres and schools, parking impacts on commuting at both home and work, and capturing neighbourhood boundaries.

Get in contact if you are interested in working with us as a collaborator, a student at either Masters or PhD level, or are interested in GIS courses.

  • Spatial Thinking
  • Cartography
  • Usability
  • Spatial Analysis & Modelling
  • Pedagogy and Teaching
  • Geovisualization

Past Students

Allan Schori - Modelled exposure to motor vehicle generated noise at schools and early childhood centres
Omid Khazaeian - Estimating the impact of parking on car ownership and commute mode choices
Sedigheh Mousavipour
Hayden Rickard - Crowdsourcing Neighbourhood Delineations in Wellington, New Zealand
Andrew Douglas-Clifford - Gaining Insights into Public Transport Passenger Satisfaction using Crowdsourced Information
Rory McPherson - A usability comparison of Canvas, Topographic, and Street Basemaps
Andrew Clouston - Crowdsourcing the Cadastre. The Applicability of Crowdsourced Geospatial Information to the New Zealand Cadastre
Richard Law - Waiting and Weighting. Public Transportation Model Sensitivity to Waiting Time and Schedule Deviation
Katrin Sattler - Periglacial preconditioning of debris flows in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

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Wairarapa Glistening Waters
A digital wetlands platform co-developed with Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. The platform tells the stories of some of Wairarapa’s important wetlands using Virtual Reality, StoryMaps, video, and web.
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(2021). Are Housing Wealth Effects Asymmetric in Booms and Busts?: Evidence from New Zealand. Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 62(4).

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