Geographic Information System workshop

Applications are now closed.

Date: Tuesday 17 May – Thursday 9 June
Time: 3pm BST – 6pm BST & WAT / 10am-1pm EDT

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development is offering a virtual online workshop on Geographic Information System (GIS) methods for quantitative spatial data analysis. In six lectures across four weeks, this workshop will give an overview of geospatial data and work through case studies that demonstrate the use of python for spatial data analysis and QGIS for spatial data visualization. It will focus on applications to the study of development in Africa, but the tools covered will be applicable in many contexts. Participants will learn about Anaconda (Python and Jupyter), QGIS and Google Earth Engine.

Teaching Team


This course is suitable for doctoral students, early-career academics, researchers and professionals with an interest in quantitative spatial data analysis.

Dates and times

All lectures are delivered via zoom, between 3pm-6pm BST & WAT / 10am-1pm EDT.

  • Tuesday 17 May: Introduction to GIS and overview applications in research. Setting up Python
  • Thursday 19 May: Introduction to Python, Pandas, and Geopandas
  • Tuesday 24 May: Introduction to QGIS, geocoding, making maps, georeferencing, and digitizing
  • Tuesday 31 May: Replicate analysis of a research paper
  • Tuesday 7 June: Introduction to Google Earth Engine
  • Thursday 9 June: Revision and assignment solutions

Please note there is an expectation if you register you will attend all 6 sessions.


Some experience with quantitative data analysis and coding is strongly recommended. Alternatively, a dedication to learn about these topics is required. We note that we will provide an optional day to cover the basics of programming in Python, but the material will progress quickly in difficulty from the second week onwards. For those without much experience, we strongly suggest reviewing some fundamentals of quantitative analysis at these free resources:

Technical capacity (essential requirements)

  • Internet connection to download (2.5 GB) of data and software.
  • Computer to run Anaconda and QGIS. Windows 8 or newer, 64-bit macOS 10.13+, or Linux (including Ubuntu, RedHat, and CentOS 7+).


Please note, spaces for the GIS workshop are limited. We endeavour to make our initiatives available to all; however, due to the nature of this workshop we are unable to accommodate everyone to ensure that all participants receive a high-quality teaching experience. Please register your interest as soon as possible to be considered. Participation will be subject to your experience and availability, please review the pre-requisites and course dates and times. If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact us at

About the Wheeler Institute

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School was created to research and amplify the role of business in tackling the hardest challenges in social and economic development. A primary objective of the Wheeler Institute is to stimulate and support research at the intersection of business and development, with a particular emphasis on research in the developing world.


  1. Alcides Alain Pires Queita


    I’ am glad for the consideration, I had the oportunity to work whit QGIS, during my pos graduation in Public Health.
    A very important tool.

    Thank you

  2. Reply

    I do not have the pre-requisite experience in quantitative data analysis and coding, However, I have a strong desire to learn and acquire these skills for further personal development.

  3. Abbas Gbolahan


    I wish to attend the workshop because I need GIS for surveillance activities

  4. Reply

    I am eager always to be with you! And I hope our sesion will be interesting and educative for all of us! Let’s rise our continent, Africa together!

  5. Laatar


    Thanks for this very interesting initiative by choosing this topic which it’s a continuing step of the previous topic: African history through the lens of economy.
    It provides a global vision with quantitative data of the development and the growth of economy fields. Also it helps to make accurate decisions.

  6. Laatar


    Thanks for this very interesting initiative by choosing this topic which it’s a continuing step of the previous topic: African history through the lens of economy.

  7. SOUBEROU Mayowa Roukiath


    i am interest to be part of this training section. the only issues is that i Don’t have many background in all those software ; i have just a little experience in those software. But i will follow all those session that you advice me to follow

  8. Atanlode Adedoyin


    This workshop would be very helpful to me as geographic data analyst especially in Python coding. Looking forward to be attend all 6 sessions.

  9. Reply

    Wow! Just seeing this now. I am so pained that the registration is now closed. I really wished I could be considered.

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