Gyula Kothencz

Email: gyula.kothencz(at)stud.sbg.ac.at; Phone: +43 662 8044 7527

PhD-topic: Interdependences of urban green, landscape diversity and human well-being

Gyula Kothencz awarded his degree (M.Sc.) from Geography/Geographic Information Systems at the University of Szeged, Hungary. He is a PhD student at the Department of Geoinformatics–Z_GIS, University of Salzburg.
Gyula facilitates policy development, concerning the improvement of the quality of urban life, by investigating the characteristics of the human–environment interaction. To achieve this aim, he links human perceptions of the urban environment (as qualitative information) and spatially explicit data (as quantitative information), as well as researches access to environmental amenities such as green spaces. Gyula promotes national and international research, and applied planning projects concerning urban green space development and quality of life.

In his previous position at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, he mapped and estimated the societal benefits of atmospheric services and supported environment-epidemiology research with GIS. Previously, he helped develop the web-GIS module of the Health and Environment Integrated Methodology and Toolbox for Scenario Assessment, European policy-support system, at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom. In his first position at the Ministry of Environment and Water (currently Ministry of Agriculture), Hungary, he contributed to the development and operation of the Hungarian Nature Conservation Information System.