Researchers at UCD


Zorica Nedovic-Budic

Full Professor of Spatial Planning

School Of Architecture, Plan & Env Pol
Urban Institute of Ireland
Dublin 4

Tel: 2697, 2711


Zorica Nedović-Budić is Professor Chair of spatial planning and technology in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin. She received her PhD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993, and spent 15 years as faculty at the University of Illinois. Dr. Nedović-Budić's main areas of interest are in implementation of GIS in local government settings, GIS applications in urban planning, development of spatial data infrastructures (SDI) and evaluation of impact of GIS and SDI on local planning process and decisions. The focus of her planning studies is in comparative urban development and planning practice in post-communist and transitional societies, context-sensitive planning systems, international diffusion of planning ideas and methods and land use regulation and management of information and communication technologies (ICT). The primary sources of research funding have been the US National Science Foundation, Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, R.W. Johnson Foundation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Nedović-Budić is currently the PI on an European FP7 29-partner project Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability (TURaS). She has published over 50 book chapters and articles in reputable journals in the areas of geospatial technologies, urban planning and public administration and co-edited three books: Urban Mosaic of Post-socialist Europe: Space, Policy and Institutions (Springer, 2006); SDI in Context: North and South (CRC Press, 2011); and Planning for States and Nation-states in the US and Europe (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2015). She has served on the Board of Directors of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and as the book reviews co-editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association. She is currently an editorial board member of URISA Journal, International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure, Journal of Urban Development and Planning, Journal of Urban Management and Territorium and serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: Conference Ambassador Recognition Award - Failte Ireland
Year: 2008.
Title: Fullbright Fellowship
Year: 2007.
Title: International Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Award
Year: 2002.
Title: Spatial Planners Association of Serbia - Plaque for long-term contribution to the profession
Year: 1999.
Title: ILGISA Service Award
Year: 1999.
Title: URISA Service Award


Association: Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), Function/Role: Country representative (Ireland); Executive Committee - member
Association: American Planning Association, Function/Role: Member, JAPA Book Review Editor
Association: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, Function/Role: Member, Board of Directors, Journal Editorial Board / Review
Association: University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, Function/Role: Board of Directors - member; Research Committee - Vice-chair; UIUC delegate


Employer: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position: Professor of Urban Planning and GIS, Associate Department Head
Employer: Virginia Tech
Position: Assistant Professor
Employer: Research Triangle Institute
Position: Environmental Database Analyst


Year 1993 Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Qualification: PhD Subject: GIS
Year 1989 Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Qualification: MSc Subject: Urban and Regional Planning
Year 1984 Institution: University of Belgrade
Qualification: BSc Subject: Spatial Planning

Journals Edited

Journal Of Urban Planning And Development: Co-Editor.



Book Chapters

Pinto, J; Nedovic-Budic, Z (2014) 'Information Sharing across Partnering Project Organizations: Mechanisms and Motivations' In: Lundin, RA; Hallgren M (eds). Advancing Research on Projects and Temporary Organizations. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press - Liber. , pp.114-139 Available Online [Details]
Hassanzadeh, Reza and Zorica Nedovic-Budic (2013) 'Identification of Earthquake Disaster Hot Spots with Crowd Sourced Data' In: Zlatanova, S., Peters, R., Dilo, A. and Scholten, H (eds). Intelligent Systems for Crisis Management. Berlin - Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. , pp.97-119 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Zorica Nedovic-Budic (2012) 'Planning Institutions: Post-Socialist' In: Susan J. Smith, Marja Elsinga, Lorna Fox OMahony, Ong Seow Eng, Susan Wachter, and Sasha Tsenkova (eds). International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home. Oxford: Elsevier. , pp.202-208 Available Online [Details]
Yola Georgiadou, Nama Raj Budhathoki and Zorica Nedovic-Budic; (2011) 'An Exploration of SDI and Volunteered Geographic Information in Africa' In: Nedovic-Budic, Zorica, Joep Crompvoets and Yola Georgiadou (eds). Spatial Data Infrastructure in Context: North and South. London: Taylor & Francis - CRC Press. , pp.203-218 [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Zorica, Joep Crompvoets and Yola Georgiadou; (2011) 'Conclusion: Implications for Future Research and Practice - Toward Scientific Pragmatism' In: Nedovic-Budic, Zorica, Joep Crompvoets and Yola Georgiadou (eds). Spatial Data Infrastructure in Context: North and South. Boca Raton, Florida: Taylor & Francis - CRC Press. , pp.233-241 [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Zorica; (2010) 'Local Government Applications: Toward E-Governance' In: Bossler, John (eds). Manual of Geospatial Science and Technology. London: Taylor & Francis. , pp.689-712 [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z., Maeng, D.M.; (2009) 'Scaling up Virtual Chicago Through Private, Public, Productive and Spatial Realms' In: Sang Ho Lee (eds). Ubiquitous City; Future of City, City of Future. Daejeon City, Korea: Hanbat National University Press. , pp.181-207 [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z., Pinto, J.K. et al. ; (2008) 'SDI Effectiveness Through the Users' Perspective' In: Crompvoets, Joep, Abbas Rajabifard, Bastiaan van Loenen,and Tatiana Delgado Fernandez (eds). A Multi-View Framework to Assess Spatial Data Infrastructures. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen University, University of Melbourne. , pp.273-303 [Details]
Maeng, D.M., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (2008) 'Spatial Distribution of ICT in Washington DC Metropolitan Region' In: Maeng, D.M., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (eds). Creative Urban Regions: Harnessing Urban Technologies to Support Knowledge City Initiatives. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, Inc. [Details]
Waldner, L., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (2008) 'Local Land Use Planning' In: Waldner, L., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (eds). Public Administration in Transition. Tbilisi, Georgia: Zurab Zhvania Georgia Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). , pp.505-552 [Details]
Budhathoki, N.R., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (2007) 'Expanding the Spatal Data Infrastructure Knowledge Base' In: Onsrud, Harlan (eds). Research and Theory in Advancing Spatial Data Infrastructure Concepts. Redlands, California: ESRI Press. , pp.7-31 [Details]
Cavric, B.I., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (2007) 'Urban Development, Legislation and Planning in Post-Socialist Zagreb' In: Stanilov, Kiril (eds). The Post-Socialist City - Urban Form and Space Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe after Socialism. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. , pp.385-411 [Details]

Edited Books

Gerrit-Jan Knaap, Zorica Nedovic-Budic, Armando Carbonell (Ed.). (2015) Planning for Sates and Nation-states in the US and Europe. Cambridge, Massachussetts: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Available Online [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Zorica, Joep Crompvoets and Yola Georgiadou (Ed.). (2011) Spatial Data Infrastructure in Context: North and South. London: Taylor & Francis - CRC Press. [Details]
Tsenkova, Sasha, and Zorica Nedovic-Budic (Ed.). (2006) Urban Mosaic of Post-socialist Europe: Space, Institutions and Policy. Heidelberg: Springer. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Ran, Jing; Nedovic-Budic, Z (2016) 'Integrating Flood Risk Management and Spatial Planning: Legislation, Policy, and Development Practice'. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, . [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z; Knaap, G; Shahumyan, H; Williams, B; Slaev, A (2016) 'Measuring urban form at community scale: Case study of Dublin, Ireland'. Cities, 55 :148-164. [DOI] [Details]
Ran, J; Nedovic-Budic, Z (2016) 'Integrating Spatial Planning with Flood-Risk Management: A New Conceptual Framework for the Spatially Integrated Policy Infrastructure'. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 57 (1):68-79. [Details]
Williams, B; Nedovic-Budic, Z (2016) 'The real estate bubble in Ireland. Policy context and responses'. Urban Research and Practice, 9 (2):204-218. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Hassanzadeh, R; Nedovic-Budic, Z (2015) 'Where to go first: prioritization of damaged areas for allocation of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) operations (PI-USAR model)'. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Hassanzadeh, R; Nedovic-Budic, Z (2014) 'Assessment of the Contribution of Crowd Sourced Data to Post-earthquake Building Damage Detection'. International Journal of Information Systems for Disaster Response and Management, 6 (1):1-37. [DOI] [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z; Williams, K (2013) 'Becoming uCity: The Case of Chicago'. Journal of Urban Management, 2 (2):3-26. Available Online [Details]
Collier, M., Nedović-Budić, Z., Aerts, J., Connop, S., Foley, D., Foley, K., Newport, D., McQuaid, S., Slaev, A., Verburg, P. (2013) 'Transitioning to resilience and sustainability in urban communities'. Cities, . [DOI] [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Zorica, Gerrit-Jan Knaap and Deirdre Joyce (2013) 'CONFERENCE REPORT: Planning for States and Nation/States -- A Symposium on US and European planning experience -- A TransAtlantic Exploration, Dublin, Ireland,15,16 October 2012, Conference report'. Town Planning Review, 84 (3):411-417. [DOI] [Details]
Hassanzadeh, Reza, Zorica Nedovic-Budic, Akbar Alavi Razavi, Mohsen Norouzzadeh, Hassan Hodhodkian (2013) 'Interactive Approach for GIS-Based Earthquake Scenario Development and Resource Estimation (Karmania Hazard Model)'. Computers & Geosciences, 51 :324-338. Available Online [Details]
Zhu, Weimo, Zorica Nedovic-Budic, Robert B. Olshansky, Jed Marti, Yong Gao, Youngsik Park, Edward McAuley, and Wojciech Chodzko-Zajko (2013) 'Agent-based Modeling of Physical Activity Behavior and Environmental Correlations: An Introduction and Illustration'. Journal of physical activity & health, 10 (3):309-322. Available Online [Details]
Zorica Nedovic-Budic, Slavka Zekovic and Miodrag Vujosevic (2012) 'Land Privatization and Management in Serbia - Policy in Limbo'. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (JAPR), 29 (4):306-317. Available Online [Details]
Vukicevic Sinisa J. and Zorica Nedovic-Budic (2012) 'GIS Based Multicriteria Analysis in Integration of SEA Process into Planning, Case Study: South West Region, Republic of Ireland'. International Journal of Environmental Research, 6 (4):1053-1066. Available Online [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z,Djordjevic, D,Dabovic, T; (2011) 'The Mornings after ... Serbian Spatial Planning Legislation in Context'. European Planning Studies, 19 (3):429-455. [DOI] [Details]
Maeng, Da-Mi, and Zorica Nedovic-Budic; (2010) 'Relationship Between Information and Communication Technologies and Urban Form: Empirical Analysis of Washington, DC Metropolitan Region'. International Journal of Knowledge-based Development, 1 (1):97-117. [Details]
Budhathoki, Nama Raj, Zorica Nedovic-Budic and Bertram (Chip) Bruce; (2010) 'An Interdisciplinary Frame for Understanding Volunteered Geographic Information'. Geomatica, 64 (1):313-320. [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Zorica, Gerrit-Jan Knaap, Nama Raj Budhathoki, and Branko Cavric; (2009) 'Regional GIS in the US - NSDI Building Blocks?'. Journal of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 21 (2):5-23. [Details]
Budhathoki, N.R., Bruce, B.C., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (2008) 'Reconceptualizing the role of the user of spatial data infrastructure'. Geojournal, 72 (3-4):149-160. [Details]
Maeng, D.M., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (2008) 'Urban Form and Planning in the Information Age: Lessons from Literature'. Spatium, 17-18 :1-12. [Details]
Knaap, Gerrit-Jan, Yan Song, and Zorica Nedovic-Budic; (2007) 'Measuring Patterns of Urban Development: New Intelligence for the War on Sprawl'. Local Environment, 12 (3):239-257. [Details]
Nedovic Budic, Z.; (2007) 'Land Use Planning Tradeoff: Conservation and Tourism in the Illinois River Floodplain'. Territorium, 7-8 :41-68. [Details]
Nedovic Budic, Z., Budhathoki, N.R.; (2006) 'Technological and Institutional Interdependences and SDI - The Bermuda Square?'. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research, 1 :36-50. [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z., Raymond G.K.; (2006) 'CommunityViz-Based Prototype Model for Assessing Development Impacts in a Naturalized Floodplain: EmiquonViz'. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 132 (4):201-210. [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z., Cavric, B.; (2006) 'Waves of Planning: Framework for Studying the Evolution of Planning Systems and Empirical Insights from Serbia and Montenegro'. Planning Perspectives, 21 :393-425. [Details]
Haddad, M.A., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (2006) 'Using Spatial Statistics to Analyze Intra-Urban Inequalities and Public Intervention in São Paulo'. Journal of Human Development, 7 (1):85-109. [Details]
Maeng, D.M., Nedovic-Budic, Z.; (2004) 'Chicago and Seoul: A Comparative Study of the Impact of Information and Communications Technologies on Urban Land Use and Regulation'. Journal of Urban Technology, 11 (2):61-92. [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z., Pinto, J.K., Warnecke, L.; (2004) 'GIS Database Development and Exchange: Interaction Mechanisms and Motivations'. Journal of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 16 (1):15-29. [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z., Feeney, M.E.F., Rajabifard, A., Williamson, I.; (2004) 'Are SDIs Serving the Needs of Local Planning? Case Study of Victoria, Australia and Illinois, USA'. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 28 (4):329-351. [Details]
Cavric, B.I., Nedovic-Budic, Z., Ikgopoleng, H.G.; (2003) 'Diffusion of GIS Technology in Botswana: Process and Determinants'. International Development Planning Review, 25 (2):195-219. [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z., Pinto, J.K.; (2001) 'Organizational (Soft) GIS Interoperability: Lessons From the U.S'. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 3 (3):290-298. [Details]
Nedovic Budic, Z.; (2001) 'Adjustment of Planning Practice to the New Eastern and Central European Context'. Journal of the American Planning Association, 67 (1):38-52. [Details]
Nedovic Budic, Z.; (2000) 'Geographic Information Science Implications for Urban and Regional Planning'. Journal of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 12 (2):81-93. [Details]
Nedovic Budic, Z., Pinto, J.K.; (2000) 'Information Sharing in an Interorganizational GIS Environment'. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 27 (3):455-474. [Details]

Book Reviews

Nedovic-Budic, Z (2010) Cultural Landscapes of Post-Socialist Cities: Representation of Powers and Needs. Book Reviews [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z,Jang, SG (2010) Creating Spatial Information Infrastructures: Towards the Spatial Semantic Web. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

- Implementation of GIS in local government settings; planning applications 

- Development of spatial data infrastructures (SDI) and contribution of user-generated content
(crowd-sourcing, VGI, big data) 

- Comparative urban development, planning practice and institutions in post-communist and transitional societies

- Information and communication technologies (ICT) and urban environments / planning

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Planning Research
Start Date / End Date : 13-JAN-14 / 31-DEC-18
Sponsor : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Title : Planning for States and nation-States conference
Start Date / End Date : 09-AUG-12 / 30-SEP-15
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : EcoArm2ERA - EU Cooperation Capacity Building of Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia: Towards Armenia¿s integration into the ERA
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-11 / 30-NOV-14
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : TURas Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-11 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : Higher Education Authority (HEA)
Title : PRTLI 5: ESI-PhD-ENS - Split Accounts School of GPEP
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-11 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Green Cities - Innovative transition strategies to help cities reduce their urban ecological footprint
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-10 / 31-DEC-10
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : New Lecturers Start up Fund - Dr Dieter Franz Kogler and Dr Eoin O'Neill
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-10 / 31-AUG-13
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Earth Systems Institute - Concept and Proposal Development (including seminar series)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-08 / 31-AUG-11

Recent Postgraduates

Mentored and participated in committees for over 20 doctoral students at the University of Illinois and UCD and as external reviewer at: Wageningen University and ITC, The Netherlands; Leuven Catholic University, Belgium; University of Melbourne, Australia; University of Belgrade, Serbia; University of Botswana. Currently mentoring 3 PhD students and one post-doc (research fellow).

Nama Raj Budhathoki, PhD (University of Illinois), Apex College, Katmandu, Nepal

Da-Mi Maeng, PhD (University of Illinois), Korea Urban Renaissance Center, Korea

Tolga Yilmaz, MURP (University of Illinois), Senior GIS Specialist, CFM, GISP at URS Corporation

Raymond Kan, MURP (University of Illinois), Senior Regional Planner, Greater Vancouver Regional District

Tarun Chandrasekhar, MURP (University of Illinois), Product Manager, Neuralog, Inc., Stafford, TX

Current Postgraduate Students

Aoife Corcoran, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor


Teaching Philosophy

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for urban planning

Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and management of spatial information resources

Comparative urban development and planning practice / institutions

Cities and planning in post-communist Europe

Research methods and design

Modules Coordinated

201600   PEP40690     Planning&Environmental Policy: Planning Studio: Plan Making
201600   PEP10020     Planning&Environmental Policy: Intro to Spatial Planning