Douglas Richardson

Douglas Richardson
Executive Director, The American Association of Geographers (AAG)

During the past decade, Douglas Richardson has led a highly successful organizational renewal of the AAG, developing many dynamic research and international initiatives, and building strong academic, publishing, diversity, and financial foundations for the AAG, and for geography’s future.


Prior to joining the AAG, Dr. Richardson founded and was the president of GeoResearch, Inc., a scientific research firm that developed and patented the world’s first real-time space-time interactive GPS/GIS functionality, which has transformed the way geographic information is now collected, experienced, mapped, and used within geography, and in society at large.


The real-time space-time integration technologies, concepts, and innovations pioneered by Richardson and GeoResearch form the core enabling functionality of today’s real-time mobile mapping and navigation systems, location-interactive mobile phones, and more recently the ubiquitous and massive generation of sensor integrated real-time geospatial “big data.” They also are increasingly central to the continuous real-time monitoring and management of day-to-day operations at most large-scale governmental entities, corporations, and international NGOs.


Richardson sold his company and its core patents in 1998, and has since continued to develop the field of real-time space-time integration in geography and GIScience through interdisciplinary geographic research in areas such as human rights, health, sustainable environmental and economic development, coupled human-natural systems, and most recently the integration of spatial concepts, data, and analysis in the humanities and social sciences.