Dr Gina Weir-Smith is the Head of Geospatial Analytics in the HSRC and holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master's degree in GIS from the University of Stellenbosch. Before joining the HSRC, Dr Weir-Smith worked at the Chief Directorate of Surveys and Mapping, where she was responsible for establishing the state land information system..
She has more than 20 years' experience in social science research, especially in the areas of the corporate implementation of GIS, the application of GIS to social science problems, the geography of unemployment, spatial data modelling and project management. She has undertaken projects for organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Department of Social Development, the Department of Human Settlements and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)..
Dr Weir-Smith is the lead author of eight HSRC research reports, co-author of 20 research reports and has read more than 20 papers at international conferences. She has also been a successful project manager for numerous projects..