Doug Richardson Personal Profile
Douglas Richardson is the Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a scholarly association of 12,000 members dedicated to the advancement of geographic research, scholarship, and education. Richardson has led a successful organizational renewal at the AAG during the past fourteen years. He has expanded its membership greatly, developed strategic new research and educational initiatives, and extended the AAG’s international reach and programs substantially. He has built a strong financial foundation for the AAG and for geography’s future.
Prior to joining the AAG, Dr. Richardson founded and was the president of GeoResearch, Inc., a private research firm specializing in the environmental and geographical sciences. Richardson and GeoResearch invented, developed, and patented the world’s first real-time interactive GPS/GIS technologies, which have transformed the ways in which geographic information is now collected, mapped, integrated, and used within geography, as well as in society at large. He sold the company and its core patents in 1998.
His current research interests range from GIScience and Health to Geography and the Humanities. He has served on numerous public, private, and NGO boards and committees, including currently the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, chairing its Geospatial Privacy Subcommittee. He has received funding as the PI or co-PI for dozens research projects from NSF, NIH, and other federal research agencies.
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