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Gaëtan PALKA

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Assistant Professor in Geography Specialized in spatial analysis, geomodeling and geosimulation.

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My research work focuses on land use and land cover changes. I am particularly interested in the adequacy of the transcription of territorial development mechanics into mathematical and computer tools (spatial models, cellular automata, multi-agent systems, artificial intelligence, ...) and in the usability of the created tools by territorial stakeholders.

My teaching activities deal with cartography, GIS, spatial databases, spatial analysis and spatial data science.


Scientific Activities

Research Themes

  • Geosimulation
  • Spatial Modeling
  • Geoprospective
  • Geodata science



Carto_Pays - Cartographie des paysages de la Zone Atelier Armorique (2023)

  • PI : Gaëtan PALKA
  • Funder : Zone Atelier Armorique

SPATEKL - SPAtio-TEmporal Knowledge Learning(2022 - 2025)

  • PI: Gaëtan PALKA PhD co-supervision
  • Funder: Région Bretagne (Allocations de Recherche Doctorale - ARED)


Research areas

  • France (Brittany region, Centre-Val de Loire region)
  • Europe (Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland)


Research Network


Last Publications

Thomas Houet, Gaetan Palka, Roberta Rigo, Hugues Boussard, Jacques Baudry, et al.. European blue and green infrastructure network strategy vs. the common agricultural policy. Insights from an integrated case study (Couesnon, Brittany). Land Use Policy, 2022, 120, pp.106277. ⟨10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106277⟩⟨hal-03725294⟩

André Fonseca, João A Santos, Sandra Mariza, Mario Santos, José Martinho, et al.. Tackling climate change impacts on biodiversity towards integrative conservation in Atlantic landscapes. Global Ecology and Conservation, 2022, 38, ⟨10.1016/j.gecco.2022.e02216⟩⟨hal-03725297⟩

Simona Bacău, Darío Domingo, Gaëtan Palka, Loïc Pellissier, Felix Kienast. Integrating strategic planning intentions into land-change simulations: Designing and assessing scenarios for Bucharest. Sustainable Cities and Society, 2021, pp.103446. ⟨10.1016/j.scs.2021.103446⟩⟨hal-03404805⟩

Gaëtan Palka, Eduardo Oliveira, Sofia Pagliarin, Anna Hersperger. Strategic spatial planning and efficacy: an analytic hierarchy process (AHP) approach in Lyon and Copenhagen. European Planning Studies, 2021, 29 (6), pp.1174-1192. ⟨10.1080/09654313.2020.1828291⟩⟨hal-03404809⟩

Darío Domingo, Gaëtan Palka, Anna Hersperger. Effect of zoning plans on urban land-use change: A multi-scenario simulation for supporting sustainable urban growth. Sustainable Cities and Society, 2021, 69, pp.102833. ⟨10.1016/j.scs.2021.102833⟩⟨hal-03404810⟩

Anna Hersperger, Simona Grădinaru, Eduardo Oliveira, Sofia Pagliarin, Gaëtan Palka. Understanding strategic spatial planning to effectively guide development of urban regions. Cities, 2019, 94, pp.96-105. ⟨10.1016/j.cities.2019.05.032⟩⟨hal-02319392⟩

Gaëtan Palka, Simona Grădinaru, Gertrud Jørgensen, Anna Hersperger. Visualizing Planning Intentions: From Heterogeneous Information to Maps. Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis, 2018, 2 (2), ⟨10.1007/s41651-018-0023-9⟩⟨hal-02319391⟩

Anna Hersperger, Eduardo Oliveira, Sofia Pagliarin, Gaëtan Palka, Peter Verburg, et al.. Urban land-use change: The role of strategic spatial planning. Global Environmental Change, 2018, 51, pp.32-42. ⟨10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.05.001⟩⟨hal-03741517⟩

Gaëtan Palka, Kamal Serrhini, Dominique Andrieu. How evacuation maps work: comparison of stakeholders’ visual strategies. International Journal of Cartography, 2018, 4 (1), pp.25 - 48. ⟨10.1080/23729333.2018.1434603⟩⟨hal-01766729⟩


Teaching Activities

GIS Bachelor Geography
GIS Raster Master Geography
Conception of spatial databases Master Geography
Spatial data processing Master Geography
Administration of spatial databases Master Geography
Open Data and Big Data Master Geography



  • Member of the Laboratory Council