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David O’Sullivan

A similar list is available at my ORCiD profile. You can also see them in citational context at my google scholar page, which is reasonably accurate. Links below are generally to official publisher sources, and are often paywalled. Open access copies are linked from my University of Auckland profile page. If you would like a copy of something in particular and can’t access it, then get in touch.

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O’Sullivan D. 2024. Computing Geographically: Bridging Giscience and Geography (Guilford Press: New York).

O’Sullivan D. 2017. Section Editor for ‘Fundamentals of GIScience’ (32 articles) in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Richardson, D. (ed). New York: Wiley.

Miller JA, D O’Sullivan and Wiegand N eds. 2016. Geographic Information Science: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference, GIScience 2016 Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 9927 (Springer: Cham, Switzerland).

O’Sullivan D and GLW Perry. 2013. Spatial Simulation: Exploring Pattern and Process (Wiley: Chichester, UK).

O’Sullivan D and DJ Unwin. 2010. Geographic Information Analysis 2nd edn. (Wiley: Hoboken, NJ).

O’Sullivan D and DJ Unwin. 2003. Geographic Information Analysis (Wiley: Hoboken, NJ).

in refereed journals

Etherington TR, D O’Sullivan, GLW Perry, DR Richards, and J Wainwright. 2024. A least-cost network neutral landscape model of human sites and routes. Landscape Ecology 39(3) 52. doi: 10.1007/s10980-024-01836-w.

Antosz P, D Birks, B Edmonds, A Heppenstall, R Meyer, JG Polhill, D O’Sullivan and N Wijermans. 2023. What do you want theory for? A pragmatic analysis of the roles of “theory” in agent-based modelling. Environmental Modelling & Software 168 105802. doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2023.105802

Lester PJ, D O’Sullivan and GLW Perry. 2023. Gene drives for invasive wasp control: Extinction is unlikely, with suppression dependent on dispersal and growth rates. Ecological Applications 33(7) e2912. doi: 10.1002/eap.2912

Bergmann L, LF Chaves, D O’Sullivan and RG Wallace. 2023. Dominant Modes of Agricultural Production Helped Structure Initial COVID-19 Spread in the U.S. Midwest. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 12(5) 195. doi: 10.3390/ijgi12050195

Etherington T, F Morgan, D O’Sullivan. 2022, Binary space partitioning generates hierarchical and rectilinear neutral landscape models suitable for human-dominated landscapes. Landscape Ecology 37(7) 1761–1769. doi: 10.1007/s10980-022-01452-6

Chaves LF, MD Friberg, LA Hurtado, RM Rodríguez, D O’Sullivan and LR Bergmann. 2022. Trade, uneven development and people in motion: Used territories and the initial spread of COVID-19 in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 80 (March) 101161. doi: 10.1016/j.seps.2021.101161

Gibadullina A, LR Bergmann and D O’Sullivan. 2021. For Geographical Network Analysis. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 112(4) 482-487. doi: 10.1111/tesg.12489.

O’Sullivan D. 2021. New mappings of GIScience and geography. A commentary on May Yuan’s ‘GIS research to address tensions in geography.’ Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 42(1) 31–35. doi: 10.1111/sjtg.12345

O’Sullivan D. 2021. Things are how they are because of how they got that way: Thoughts from the beach, on 50 years of Geographical Analysis. Geographical Analysis 53(1) 157–163. doi: 10.1111/gean.12225

Franklin, RS, V Houlden, C Robinson, D Arribas-Bel, EC Delmelle, U Demšar, HJ Miller, and D O’Sullivan. 2021. Who counts? Gender, gatekeeping, and quantitative human geography. The Professional Geographer 73(1) 48–61. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2020.1828944

O’Sullivan D, M Gahegan, DJ Exeter and B Adams. 2020. Spatially explicit models for exploring COVID 19 lockdown strategies. Transactions in GIS 24(4) 967–1000. doi: 10.1111/tgis.12660

Payne WB and D O’Sullivan. 2020. Exploding the phone book: Spatial data arbitrage in the 1990s Internet boom. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 110(2) 391–398. doi: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1656999

Manson S, L An, KC Clarke, A Heppenstall, J Koch, B Krzyzanowski, F Morgan, D O’Sullivan, BC Runck, E Shook and L Tesfatsion. 2020. Methodological Issues of Spatial Agent-Based Models. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 23(1) 3. doi: 10.18564/jasss.4174

Christophers B and D O’Sullivan. 2019. Intersections of inequality in homeownership in Sweden. Housing Studies 34(6) 897-924. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2018.1495695

Mavoa S, N Bagheri, MJ Koohsari, AT Kaczynski, KE Lamb, K Oka, D O’Sullivan and K Witten. 2019. How do neighbourhood definitions influence the associations between built environment and physical activity? International Journal of Environmentalal Research and Public Health 16. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16091501

O’Sullivan, D 2019. Untangling knots: Thoughts on Wilson’s New Lines. Transactions in GIS 32(1) 168-169. doi: 10.1111/tgis.12502

Liu C, D O’Sullivan and GLW Perry. 2018. The rent gap revisited: gentrification in Point Chevalier, Auckland. Urban Geography 39(9) 1300-1325. doi: 10.1080/02723638.2018.1446883

Perry GLW and D O’Sullivan. 2018. Identifying narrative descriptions in agent-based models representing past human-environment interactions. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 25(3) 795-813. doi: 10.1007/s10816-017-9355-x

Mavoa S, K Lamb, D O’Sullivan, K Witten and M. Smith. 2018. Are disadvantaged children more likely to be excluded from analysis when applying global positioning systems inclusion criteria? BMC Research Notes, 11 578. doi: 10.1186/s13104-018-3681-2

Mahdavi Ardestani B, D O’Sullivan, and P Davis. 2018. A multi-scaled agent-based model of residential segregation applied to a real metropolitan area. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 69 1-16. doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2017.11.002

Bergmann LR and D O’Sullivan. 2018. Reimagining GIScience for relational spaces. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien. 62(1) 7-14. doi: 10.1111/cag.12405

Getz WM, CR Marshall, CJ Carlson, L Giuggioli, SJ Ryan, SS Romañach, C Boettiger, SD Chamberlain, L Larsen, P D’Odorico, D O’Sullivan. 2018. Making ecological models adequate. Ecology Letters 21(2) 153-166. doi: 10.1111/ele.12893

O’Sullivan D, LR Bergmann, and JE Thatcher. 2018. Spatiality, maps, and mathematics in critical human geography: toward a repetition with difference. The Professional Geographer 70(1) 129-139. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2017.1326081

Harris R, D O’Sullivan, M Gahegan, M Charlton, L Comber, P Longley, C Brunsdon, N Malleson, A Heppenstall, A Singleton, D Arribas-Bel, and A Evans. 2017. More bark than bytes? Reflections on 21+ years of geocomputation. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 44(4) 598-617. doi: 10.1177/2399808317710132.

Liu C and O’Sullivan, D. 2016. An abstract model of gentrification as a spatially contagious succession process. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 59 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2016.04.004

Thatcher JE, D O’Sullivan and D Mahmoudi. 2016. Data colonialism through accumulation by dispossession: new metaphors for everyday data. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 34(6) 990-1006. doi: 10.1177/0263775816633195

Cheung AK-L, G Brierley, and D O’Sullivan. 2016. Landscape structure and dynamics on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Ecological Modelling 339 7-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.07.015

Thatcher JE, LR Bergmann, B Ricker, R Rose-Redwood, D O’Sullivan, TJ Barnes, LR Barnesmoore, L Beltz Imaoka, R Burns, J Cinnamon, CM Dalton, C Davis, S Dunn, F Harvey, J-K Jung, E Kersten, L Knigge, N Lally, W Lin, D Mahmoudi, M Martin, W Payne, A Sheikh, T Shelton, E Sheppard, CW Strother, A Tarr, MW Wilson, and JC Young. 2016. Revisiting critical GIS. Environment and Planning A 48(5) 815-824. doi: 10.1177/0308518X15622208

O’Sullivan D, T Evans, SM Manson, S Metcalf, A Ligmann-Zielinska, and C Bone. 2016. Strategic directions for agent-based modeling: avoiding the YAAWN syndrome. Journal of Land Use Science 11(2) 177-187. doi: 10.1080/1747423X.2015.1030463

O’Sullivan D and SM Manson. 2015. Do physicists have geography envy? And what can geographers learn from it? Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105(4) 704–722. doi: 10.1080/00045608.2015.1039105

Cheung AK-L, D O’Sullivan and G Brierley. 2015. Graph-assisted landscape monitoring. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 29(4) 580-605. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2014.989856

Etherington TR, EP Holland, and D O’Sullivan. 2015. NLMpy: a python software package for the creation of neutral landscape models within a general numerical framework. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6(2) 164-168. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12308

Hong S-Y, D O’Sullivan and Y Sadahiro. 2014. Implementing Spatial Segregation Measures in R. PLoS ONE 9(11): e113767. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113767

O’Sullivan D. 2014. Don’t panic! The need for change and for curricular pluralism. Dialogues in Human Geography 4(1) 39-44. doi: 10.1177/2043820614525712

Millington JDA, D O’Sullivan and GLW Perry. 2012. Model histories: Narrative explanation in generative simulation modelling. Geoforum 43(6) 1025-1034. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.06.017

Mueller S, DJ Exeter, H Petousis-Harris, N Turner, D O’Sullivan and CD Buck. 2012. Measuring disparities in immunisation coverage among children in New Zealand. Health and Place 18(6) 1217-1223. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.08.003

Hong S-Y and D O’Sullivan. 2012. Detecting ethnic residential clusters using an optimisation clustering method. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 26(8) 1257-1277. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2011.637045

Xue J, W Friesen and D O’Sullivan. 2012. Diversity in Chinese Auckland: Hypothesising multiple ethnoburbs. Population, Space and Place 18 579-595. doi: 10.1002/psp.688

Mavoa S, K Witten, T McCreanor, and D O’Sullivan. 2012. GIS based destination accessibility via public transit and walking in Auckland, New Zealand. Journal of Transport Geography 20(1) 15-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2011.10.001

Mateos P, PA Longley, and D O’Sullivan. 2011. Ethnicity and Population Structure in Personal Naming Networks. PLoS ONE 6(9) e22943. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022943

Pearson J, R Lay-Yee, P Davis, D O’Sullivan, M von Randow, N Kerse and S Pradhan. 2011. Primary care in an aging society: Building and testing a microsimulation model for policy purposes. Social Science Computer Review 29(1) 21-36. doi: 10.1177/0894439310370087

O’Sullivan D. 2009. What’s critical about critical GIS? Cartographica 44(1) 7-8. doi: 10.3138/carto.44.1.5

O’Sullivan D and G. L. W. Perry. 2009. A discrete space model for continuous space dispersal processes. Ecological Informatics 4(2) 57-68. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2009.03.001

O’Sullivan D. 2009. Changing neighborhoods – neighborhoods changing: a framework for spatially explicit agent-based models of social systems. Sociological Methods and Research 37(4) 498-530. doi: 10.1177/0049124109334793

Reardon SF, CR Farrell, SA Matthews, D O’Sullivan, K Bischoff and G Firebaugh. 2009. Race and space in the 1990s: changes in the geographic scale of racial residential segregation, 1990-2000. Social Science Research 38 55-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2008.10.002

Lee BA, SF Reardon, G Firebaugh, CR Farrell, SA Matthews and D O’Sullivan. 2008. Beyond the census tract: patterns and determinants of racial segregation at multiple geographic scales. American Sociological Review 73(October) 766-791. doi: 10.1177/000312240807300504

Reardon SF, SA Matthews, D O’Sullivan, BA Lee, G Firebaugh, CR Farrell and K Bischoff. 2008. The geographic scale of metropolitan segregation. Demography, 45(3) 489-514. doi: 10.1353/dem.0.0019

O’Sullivan D. 2008. Geographical information science: agent-based models. Progress in Human Geography 32(2) 541-550. doi: 10.1177/0309132507086879

O’Sullivan D and DWS Wong. 2007. A surface-based approach to measuring spatial segregation. Geographical Analysis 39(2) 147-168. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-4632.2007.00699.x

O’Sullivan D. 2006. Geographical information science: critical GIS. Progress in Human Geography 30(6) 783-791. doi: 10.1177/0309132506071528

Rygel L, D O’Sullivan and B Yarnal. 2006. A method for constructing a social vulnerability index: an application to hurricane storm surges in a developed country. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 11(3) 741-764. doi: 10.1007/s11027-006-0265-6

Manson SM and D O’Sullivan. 2006. Complexity theory in the study of space and place. Environment and Planning A 38(4) 677-692. doi: 10.1068/a37100

O’Sullivan D, JP Messina, SM Manson and TW Crawford. 2006. Space, place, and complexity science. Environment and Planning A 38(4) 611-617. doi: 10.1068/a3812

O’Sullivan D. 2005. Geographical information science: time changes everything. Progress in Human Geography 29(6) 749-756. doi: 10.1191/0309132505ph581pr

Crawford TW, JP Messina, SM Manson and D O’Sullivan. 2005. Complexity science, complex systems, and land-use research. Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design 32(5) 792-798. doi: 10.1068/b3206ed

Reardon SF and D O’Sullivan. 2004. Measures of Spatial Segregation. Sociological Methodology 34(1) 121-162. doi: 10.1111/j.0081-1750.2004.00150.x

O’Sullivan D. 2004. Complexity science and human geography. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 29(3) 282-295. doi: 10.1111/j.0020-2754.2004.00321.x

O’Sullivan D. 2002. Toward micro-scale spatial modelling of gentrification. Journal of Geographical Systems 4(3) 251-274. doi: 10.1007/s101090200086

O’Sullivan D. 2001. Graph-cellular automata: a generalised discrete urban and regional model. Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design 28(5) 687-705. doi: 10.1068/b2707

Haklay M, T Schelhorn, D O’Sullivan and M Thurstain-Goodwin. 2001. “So go down town”: Simulating pedestrian movement in town centres. Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design 28(3) 343-359. doi: 10.1068/b2758t

Torrens PM and D O’Sullivan. 2001. Cellular automata and urban simulation: where do we go from here? Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design 28(2) 163-168. doi: 10.1068/b2802ed

O’Sullivan D and A Turner. 2001. Visibility graphs and landscape visibility analysis. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 15(3) 221-237. doi: 10.1080/13658810151072859

Turner A, M Doxa, D O’Sullivan and A Penn. 2001. From isovists to visibility graphs: a methodology for the analysis of architectural space. Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design 28(1) 103-121. doi: 10.1068/b2684

O’Sullivan D. 2001. Exploring spatial process dynamics using irregular cellular automaton models. Geographical Analysis 33(1) 1-18. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-4632.2001.tb00433.x

O’Sullivan D. and M Haklay. 2000. Agent-based models and individualism: is the world agent-based? Environment and Planning A 32(8) 1409-1425. doi: 10.1068%2Fa32140

O’Sullivan D, A Morrison and J Shearer. 2000. Using desktop GIS for the investigation of accessibility by public transport: an isochrone approach. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 14(1) 85-104. doi: 10.1080/136588100240976

book chapters

C Andris and D O’Sullivan. 2019. Spatial Networks. In Handbook of Regional Science (eds MM Fischer and P Nijkamp). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-36203-3_67-1.

D O’Sullivan. 2018. Cartography and geographic information systems. In J Ash, R Kitchin and A Leszczynski (eds), Digital Geographies, (Los Angeles: Sage), pages 118-128.

D O’Sullivan. 2018. Big data … why (oh why?) this computational social science? In JE Thatcher, J Eckert and A Shears (eds), Thinking Big Data in Geography: New Regimes, New Research, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press), pages 21-38. doi: 10.2307/j.ctt21h4z6m.7

LR Bergmann and D O’Sullivan. 2017. Computing with many spaces: Generalizing projections for the digital geohumanities and GIScience. In Proceedings of GeoHumanities’17: 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities, Redondo Beach, CA, November 7-10 (GeoHumanities’17), pages 31-38. doi: 10.1145/3149858.3149866

Thatcher JE, LR Bergmann and D O’Sullivan. 2016. Searching for common ground (again). In Short Paper Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Geographical Information Science, eds JA Miller, D O’Sullivan and N Wiegand, (Montreal, Canada), pages 304-307. doi: 10.21433/B3118nq409qz

Pfeffer K, J Martinez, D O’Sullivan and D Scott. 2015. Geo-Technologies for Spatial Knowledge: Challenges for Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Development. In J Gupta, K Pfeffer, H Verrest and M Ros-Tonen (eds), Geographies of Urban Governance (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pages 147-173. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-21272-2_8

O’Sullivan D. 2014. Spatial Network Analysis. In Handbook of Regional Science (eds MM Fischer and P Nijkamp). Springer, pages 1253-1273. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-23430-9_67

O’Sullivan D, JDA Millington, GLW Perry and J Wainwright. 2012. Agent-Based Models – Because They’re Worth It? In AJ Heppenstall, AJ Crooks, LM See, and M Batty (eds), Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems (Springer: Dordrecht, Netherlands), pages 109-123. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-8927-4_6

Heppenstall AJ, AJ Evans, MH Birkin, JR Macgill and D O’Sullivan. 2005. The Use of Hybrid Agent-Based Systems to Model Petrol Markets. In T Terano, H Kita, H Kaneda, K Arai and H Deguchi (eds), Agent-Based Simulation: From Modelling Methodologies to Real-World Applications, Springer Series on Agent-Based Social Systems, pages 154-162. doi: 10.1007/4-431-26925-8_17

O’Sullivan D. 2004. Too much of the wrong kind of data: implications for the practice of micro-scale spatial modelling. In MF Goodchild and D Janelle (eds), Spatially Integrated Social Science: Examples of Best Practice (Oxford University Press: Oxford), pages 95-107.

O’Sullivan D, JR Macgill and C Yu. 2003. Agent-based residential segregation: a hierarchically structured spatial model. In C Macal, M North and D Sallach (eds), Agent 2003: Challenges in Social Simulation, pages 493-507 (Argonne National Laboratory: Chicago).

O’Sullivan D. 2002. Understanding the difference that space can make: toward a geographical agent modeling environment. In C. Macal and D. Sallach (eds), Agent 2002: Ecology, Exchange, and Evolution, pages 13-25 (Argonne National Laboratory: Chicago).

O’Sullivan D and PM Torrens. 2001. Cellular models of urban systems. In S Bandini and T Worsch (eds), Theoretical and Practical Issues on Cellular Automata, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Cellular Automata for Research and Industry (ACRI 2000), October 4–6, Karlsruhe, Germany (Springer-Verlag: London), pages 108-116. [Also available as CASA Working Paper 22 at


PhD: O’Sullivan D. 2000. Graph-based Cellular Automaton Models of Urban Spatial Processes. University College London.

MSc: O’Sullivan D. 1997. Using GIS to create public transport travel time isochrones for the Glasgow area. University of Glasgow.