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A geographer-lawyer specialising in geospatial aspects of data, information and practical applications of technology, George conducted research in several areas of e-commerce and trade, environmental management, and the impact of information technology on societies. His most recent publication in 2020 is Cyberlaw in Australia (Kluwer:NL). These interests permit the pursuit of a wide range of collaboration with colleagues overseas and domestically and the seeking of new questions that solutions uncover. These interests also permit the exploration of the means of sharing knowledge, implement research results and influence policy and practice.
George is a research scientist with the Institute for Applied Ecology and the Faculty of Science & Technology. Among the many research projects include the study of the legal and policy issues affecting geographic information science (GIS) and the practical problems in the application of technology in the creation, use and impact of digital spatial information.
As a university academic and lecturer, George has taught courses in geography of South East Asia, location analysis, geostatistics, geographic information systems, environmental management and law, electronic law for business and government especially e-business and e-commerce and international trade, intellectual property law and the law of cyberspace.
George Cho has held academic teaching and research appointments at various universities over the last 40 years including as Research Fellow at Katholeik University Leuven, Belgium, Visiting Professor at the University of Silesa, Katowiche, Poland, Academic Researcher at the National Academy of Science, Washington DC, Research Scholar at the Australian National University, Canberra; Tutor and Lecturer at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; Teaching Assistant at the University of British Columbia, and Visiting Lecturer at Liverpool, England, Maynooth College, National University of Ireland, University of Hanoi, Keele University, UK and the University of Canterbury, NZ.
In his professional career George has strong interests in higher education leadership, administration and research. He served as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation at the University of Canberra (UC) in 2018, was appointed Chair of Academic Board at UC (2008-2015) and recently as Executive Dean Faculty of Science & Technology (2020-). The foci in these positions has been the search for novel research innovations in research & development and exploring how these have societal impacts.
George has brought together multidisciplinary research and teaching teams that contribute to development of research projects and curricula. Such research collaborations also include lead industry associations and players to enrich teaching and learning in work integrated spaces for staff and students of the university. Strategic engagements have led to much translational R&D and to an enriched teaching curriculum.
He has published his research in leading international journals and has presented keynotes at conferences, academic and professional fora, workshops and colloquia. As a subject matter expert George has contributed to public policy debates and institutions in Australia, NZ and the UK. Key agencies include the Australian House of Representatives, UK Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Science & Technology, Vietnam, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Switzerland and the Canberra Regional Development Board, Australian Capital Territory. As a thought leader George has contributed by providing regular commentaries on information technology law and environmental management in both local and international media.
- Privacy and intellectual property issues in cyberspace
- E-commerce and e-business law
- Geographic information and geospatial analytics, science and the law
- Environmental law, environmental planning and assessment
- International trade and the legal framework for developing countries
- Third world development: trade, aid and global interdependence
- Logistics and transport geography
Student Projects Available
- Geospatial Information and the Law
- Cybersecurity policy
- Participatory and citizen science
- Geographical curiosities, maps and cartography
- Psychospaces and memory maps
University of Canberra
1 Feb 1996 → 30 Nov 1996
Award Date: 2 May 1997
Bachelor, Australian National University
1985 → 1989
Award Date: 10 Aug 1990
Bachelor, University of Malaya, Malaysia
1965 → 1968
Award Date: 11 Dec 1968
PhD, Australian National University
1974 → 1979
Master, University of British Columbia
1968 → 1970
Research Fellow, KU Leuven30 Jun 2016 → 31 Dec 2016
Visiting Professor, University of Silesia in Katowice1 May 2016 → 30 Jul 2016
Professor (Visiting) - Department of Spatial Information Engineering, University of MaineNov 2004 → Jan 2005
Research Fellow (Visiting) - Board of International Scientific Organisations, Policy and Global Affairs Division, Office of International Science and Technology Information ProgramsAug 2004 → Nov 2004
Lecturer (Visiting) - Department of Geography, University of LiverpoolJan 1997 → Jun 1997
Lecturer (Visiting) - Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Galway1997
Associate Professor - Geographic Information Systems and Law1996 → 2005
Lecturer (Visiting) - Centre for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies, Hanoi University of Science1992
Lecturer (Visiting) - Department of Geography, Keele UniversityOct 1991 → Feb 1992
Lecturer (Visiting) - Centre for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies, Hanoi University of Science1990
Barrister at Law, High Court of Australia1990
Barrister-at-law, Supreme Court of New South Wales1990
Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory1990
Senior Lecturer - Environmental & Heritage Sciences1988 → 1996
Visiting Fellow - Research School of Pacific Studies, Department of Human Geography, Australian National University1987
Lecturer (Visiting) - Department of Geography, Keele UniversitySep 1981 → Feb 1982
Lecturer - Applied Geography, Canberra College of Advanced Education1977 → 1988
Tutor - Faculty of Military Studies, Department of Geography, University of New South Wales1976
Research Scholar - Research School of Pacific Studies, Department of Human Geography, Australian National University1974 → 1977
Lecturer (Visiting) - Department of Geography, University of Canterbury1974
Lecturer - Department of Geography, University of Malaya1973 → 1974
Tutor in Cartography, Universiti Teknologi MARA1971
Assistant Lecturer - Department of Geography, University of Malaya1970 → 1972
Teaching Assistant - Department of Geography, University of British Columbia1968 → 1970
Tutor - Department of Geography, University of Malaya1968
Cho, G., Mar 2020, The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. 441 p. (International encyclopaedia of laws; vol. Suppl 78)
Research output: Book/Report › Other
Cho, G. & Crompvoets, J., 4 May 2019, In: Journal of Spatial Science. 64, 2, p. 341-358 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Cho, G. & Crompvoets, J., 4 Jul 2019, In: Survey Review. 51, 367, p. 310-317 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Cho, G., 30 Aug 2018, 4th International Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences. Golabi, M. H. (ed.). 1 ed. United Kingdom: IOP Publishing, Vol. 185. p. 1-8 8 p. 012036. (IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science).
Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in Book › Conference contribution › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Downloads (Pure)
CHO, G., 2015, AI: Law, Philosphy and Geoinformatics. Jankowska, M., Pawelczyk, M. & Kulawiak, M. (eds.). Poland: Polish Foundation for Competition Law, p. 105-134 30 p.
Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in Book › Chapter