Samy Katumba

email:                 [email protected]
Tel:                    +27 (0) 12 420 4943
Office:               Geography Building 1-12
Consultation:    By appointment

Research profile

Samy Katumba is a lecturer in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Samy’s research interests are scattered in the fields of spatial statistics, spatial econometrics, Web GIS, spatial analysis, geospatial data mining, machine learning and online geo-information retrieval. Samy has a keen interest in studying the spatial dimension of socio-economic phenomena such as poverty, inequality, diversity/segregation, etc., by analysing relevant geospatial data using methods from spatial statistics, spatial econometrics and machine learning. Samy Katumba is a Professional Natural Scientist (specialising in Geospatial Science), registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).   



  • BSc (GIS, Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics) - University of Fort Hare
  • BSc Hons (Geoinformatics) - University of Pretoria
  • MSc (Geoinformatics) - University of Pretoria
  • Pr. Sci. Nat. (Geospatial Science)


Courses presented

  • GIS 220 – Geographic Data Analysis (2021-present)
  • GIS 705 – Advanced geospatial data (2021-present)
  • GIS 708 – Advanced GIS (2021-present)
  • GIS 709 – Geospatial Data and Services (2020)


Research publications

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  • Katumba, S. and Everatt, D. (2021). Urban Sprawl and Land Cover in Post-apartheid Johannesburg and the Gauteng City-Region, 1990–2018. Environment and Urbanization ASIA,  12 (1). doi: 10.1177/097542532199797
  • Katumba, S., de Kadt, J., Orkin, M., and Fatti, P. (2022). Construction of a Reflective Quality of Life Index for Gauteng Province in South Africa.  Social Indicators Research, 1-36. doi: 10.1007/s11205-022-02945-2
  • Katumba, S., Coetzee, S., Stein, A. and Fabris-Rotelli, I. (2021). Using spatial indices to measure dynamic racial residential segregation in Gauteng province (South Africa). South African Geographical Journal, 1-33. doi: 10.1080/03736245.2021.1997793
  • Cheruiyot, K., Katumba, S. and Wray, C. (2019). Patterns and Correlates of Dissatisfaction with Government Performance in Gauteng City-Region, South Africa: A Comparison across Three Government Spheres. The Review of Regional Studies, 49, pp 1-26.
  • Katumba, S., K. Cheruiyot, and D. Mushongera. (2019). Spatial change in the concentration of multidimensional poverty in Gauteng, South Africa: Evidence from Quality of Life Survey data, Social Indicators Research.
  • Katumba, S. & Coetzee, S. (2017) ‘Employing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques for Improving the Discovery of Geospatial Resources on the Web’. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 6 (9), 284.
  • Katumba, S. and Coetzee, S. (2015). ‘Enhancing the online discovery of geospatial data through taxonomy, folksonomy and semantic annotations’. South African Journal of Geomatics. 4 (3), pp. 339-350.
  • Cheruiyot, K., Wray C., Katumba, S., (2015) ‘Spatial statistical analysis of dissatisfaction with the performance of local government in the Gauteng City-Region, South Africa’. South African Journal of Geomatics. 4 (3), 224-239.
  • Culwick, C., Gotz, G., Katumba, S., Trangoš, G., Wray, C. (2015) 'Mobility patterns in the Gauteng City-Region, South Africa'. Regional Studies, Regional Science. 2 (1). pp. 308-310.


Conference contributions

  • Katumba, S. (2018) 'Spatial statistical analyses to assess the spatial extent and concentration of multidimensional poverty in Gauteng using the South African Multidimensional Poverty Index'. Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-4/W8, 85-92,


Book chapters

  • Coetzee, S., Steiniger, S., Köbben, B., Iwaniak, A., Kaczmarek, I., Rapant, P., Cooper, A., Behr, F., Schoof, G., Katumba, S., Vatseva, R., Sinvula, K., Moellering, H., (2017) ‘The Academic SDI—Towards Understanding Spatial Data Infrastructures for Research and Education’. In: Peterson M. (eds) Advances in Cartography and GIScience. ICACI 2017. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer, Cham.
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