Keynote Speaker
微信图片_20240201160444.jpg Prof. Jose Javier Lopez Geography Department
Minnesota State University USA
Jose Javier Lopez, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Minnesota State (MSU), active mainly as a quantitative geographer and spatial analyst. He was recipient of MSU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Professor Award and MSU Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.
Since becoming a faculty member of Minnesota State’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the late 1990s, Dr. Lopez has researched issues pertinent to the human geography of the United States and Latin America. He has taught many systematic courses, including Spatial Statistics, Spatial Analysis, Geographic Information Science for Crime Analysis, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Social Geography, and Rural Development.
Topic:Geospatial Technologies for the Sustainability of Public Safety Planning in Developing Countries: The Case of Northern Namibia
Geospatial technologies permit public administrators to map regional patterns of socio-economic events that may not be evident through common methods such as tabular form and spreadsheet reports. Crime prevention efforts need high quality geospatial data because the regional distribution of factors related to illegal activity can be detected and mapped more efficiently. However, there are developing countries that earned political independence not so long ago, facing challenges with the collection and management of crime data. The lack of geospatial technologies for crime analysis can present problems for government agencies seeking to reduce delinquency. This presentation considers the challenges and lessons learned during the development of spatial analyses of crime in northern Namibia during the 2010s. This African nation achieved independence in the early 1990s, and like many countries of the region, levels of criminal activity are concerning. We will offer ideas based on our experiences with Namibia’s crime statistics for technical initiatives that can help similar countries to engage in crime mapping. Our goal is to present geospatial technologies as a tool for developing countries’ public safety planning that can identify localities in need of stronger law enforcement presence.
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