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Abbas Rajabifard
Adjunct Professor

PhD (Melb), MSc (ITC), Postgrad-Dipl (ITC), BSurv (Tehran), FIEAust, FSSIAust, MMSIA, MISAust

Research Interests

Planning, design and management of Spatial Data Infrastructures; 3D land and property management, Urban Analytics and Smart cities; Spatially enabled governments and societies.


Authored & co-authored over 280 publications (


Spatial Data Infrastructures, Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, Land Administration


Professor Abbas Rajabifard is the Director of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures & Land Administration (CSDILA) and Head of Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is also Associate Dean International of the Melbourne School of Engineering. In 2016 he has been appointed as Chair of the UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Academic Network.

Professor Rajabifard was President of the GSDI Association (2009-2012), Executive Board member of GSDI (2012-2016), Vice Chair of Working Group on Cadastre of the United Nations supported Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP) and is a member of Victorian Spatial Council. He has been an Executive Board member and national representative to the PCGIAP (1994-1998), member of International Steering Committee for Global Mapping Project (1997-2001) and a member of the UN-ESCAP Group of Experts to develop Guidelines on GIS Standardisation for Asia-Pacific (1995-1997).

Professor Rajabifard has active research in the areas of SDI, land administration, 3D land and property management, spatial enabling and disaster management. He has published broadly on SDI, land administration, GIS and spatial data management. In recent years he has focused more on the design and development of SDIs in different jurisdictions including sustainable and smart cities. He provide academic and research leadership in the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration. Professor Rajabifard has over 22 years of teaching experience in different areas of the spatial data science and in particular SDI, GIS, land administration, spatial enablement and recently in the area of sustainable infrastructure systems. He has supervised several successful PhD and Masters students and has assessed PhD and MSc thesis internationally. He is a member of editorial board of different international journals. He has successfully managed and completed several national and international research projects including projects from Australia Research Council-ARC, Australian Commonwealth Government funding, Australian CRC-Cooperative Research Centre projects and collaborative research projects with European funding. His research collaborations with governments and industries has resulted in more than 15 major funded research worth over $10 million in cash contributions in the last five years alone. He has been also consulted widely on SDI, land administration, and GIS applications to many national government agencies and different ministries and international organisations.

Professor Rajabifard was awarded the Asia-Pacific Professional of the Year 2015, and also awarded the Spatial Science and Surveying-SSSI Professional of the Year Award 2015. The Spatial Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals, showcasing most significant performance of professionals in the Surveying and Spatial Industry. These awards are in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the disciplines of the surveying and spatial sciences, in professional achievements acknowledged by peer citation as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and ethical conduct in performance, contribution to continuing professional development and service, peer respect and leadership. He was also awarded the GSDI Association President's Medal at the 2012 GSDI World Conference in Quebec, Canada. During his chairmanship, Professor Rajabifard headed two global spatial conferences, contributed to the establishment of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) initiative, facilitated closer collaboration between international spatial industry-related organisations, chaired three GSDI conferences refereed publication channels.


1998 - 2001
PhD Engineering (Geomatics)
Department of Geomatics, the University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

1992 - 1993
MSc Integrated Map and Geoinformation Production (with High Distinction)
International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, NETHERLANDS

January 1992 - December 1992
Postgraduate Diploma Production Photogrammetry (with High Distinction)
International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, NETHERLANDS

September 1986 - December 1990
BSc Surveying Engineering
K.N. Toosi University, Tehran, IRAN

Professional Experience and Appointments

January 2012 - Current
Professor and Head, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

July 2015 - Current
Associate Dean-International, School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

January 2007 - Current
Director, Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

July 2016 - Current
Chair, UN Global Geospatial Information Management-UNGGIM Academic Network

October 2013 - Current
Director, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, The University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

June 2007 - Current
Member, Victorian Spatial Council (VSC), AUSTRALIA

March 2013 - Current
Academic Lead and Director, Australia Disaster Management Platform-ADMP, a project between IBM Research and The University of Melbourne