Rachel Whitsed

PhD, Head of School, School of Environmental Sciences and Lecturer in Spatial Sciences

  • 208 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile

Personal profile

With her research interests in GIS (Geographical Information Science) and in particular the application of spatial science to environmental modelling, Associate Professor Rachel Whitsed has been involved in developing ecology and agricultural applications. Her other areas of interest include uncertainty in GIS, spatial algorithms and programming and developing world precision agriculture.

Research Interests

  • Spatial environmental modelling
  • Spatial health modelling
  • Spatial social modelling
  • Spatial modelling algorithms
  • Uncertainty in spatial modelling

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Australian College of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD) (member),
  • Australasian Spatial Information Education and Research Association (ASIERA) (member),
  • Spatial Accuracy (Steering Committee member)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Spatial Sciences), Curtin University


Master of Science (Geography), Victoria University of Wellington


Bachelor in Computing and Mathematical Science (BCMS), University of Waikato


External positions

Postdoctoral Position, University of California

Jun 2004Oct 2005

Spatial Analyst/Programmer, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Nov 1998Dec 2000

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Research Output

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    How walkable are our regional and rural towns for older Australians?

    Horta, A. & Whitsed, R., 2019.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

    An uncertainty-based approach to quantify the spatial representativeness of local health datasets

    Whitsed, R., Horta, A., Soares, A. & Jelinek, H., 2018.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Assessing representativeness of a rural Australian clinical database using a spatial modelling approach

    Whitsed, R., Horta, A. & Jelinek, H. F., 2018, EMBEC and NBC 2017 Conference Proceedings. Eskola, H., Väisänen, O., Viik, J. & Hyttinen, J. (eds.). Springer-Verlag London Ltd., Vol. 65. p. 932-935 4 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

  • Prizes

    Best rural public/population health research presentation

    Whitsed, Rachel (Recipient), Black, Rosemary (Recipient), Knight, Alexandra (Recipient) & Harvey, Robin (Recipient), 29 Sep 2017

    Prize: Award

    Press / Media

    The human cost of border closures, and the alternative solutions being overlooked

    Rachel Whitsed


    3 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Indigo Shire Walkability Study

    Ana Horta, Rachel Whitsed & Wendy Rose Davison


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    What are we learning from the Australian fires?

    Rachel Whitsed


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Currawongs plight draws Charles Sturt researchers to Lord Howe Island

    Melanie Massaro, Rachel Whitsed & Richard Segal


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media