By discipline, Martin DIJST is urban geographer and in 2009 appointed as full professor of Urban Development and Spatial Mobility at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. December 1, 2017, he started his position as director of the department Urban Development and Mobility at LISER, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
Over the years, he has been involved in various activities related to the development of Smart Cities. In 2006, he initiated an international thematic network on the meaning of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for mobility and spatial development. He has been involved as PI in several ICT-projects related to e-shopping, mobility and communications in public places. Currently his research projects are focused on understanding the meaning of Immersive Virtual Reality in behavioural research and spatial planning and on testing and using various wearable sensors to measure mental and physical health and exposures to environments.
As part of the interdisciplinary program of Utrecht University (UU) and University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) on healthy urban living, he initiated the development of the Global Geo Health Data Center with the aim to improve accessibility of georeferenced contextual big data in favour of health research.
At LISER, he is involved in developing a shared Luxembourgish geodata network with the aim to optimize the supply and use of georeferenced contextual data to stimulate the development of a smart nation. He was member of the Big Data Committee of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).