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I am an associate professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where I am a member of the Sociodemography Research Group and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration. My research explores human mobility, inequality, and health from the perspectives of multiple disciplines, including sociodemography, ecology, and law.



Recent Publications

Complete list of publications at Orcid

Multiple invasions, Wolbachia and human-aided transport drive the genetic variability of Aedes albopictus in the Iberian Peninsula

Scientific Reports

Modeling the impact of surveillance activities combined with physical distancing interventions on COVID-19 epidemics at a local level

Infectious Disease Modelling

Integrating Global Citizen Science Platforms to Enable Next-Generation Surveillance of Invasive and Vector Mosquitoes


Mosquito alert: leveraging citizen science to create a GBIF mosquito occurrence dataset


First pan-European harmonized surveillance of Aedes invasive mosquito species of relevance for human vector-borne diseases


Deep learning identification for citizen science surveillance of tiger mosquitoes

Scientific Reports

Global Mosquito Alert

Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy

Citizen Science: A Gateway for Innovation in Disease-Carrying Mosquito Management?

Trends in Parasitology

Group Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Group Privacy: New Challenges of Data Technologies

Human population growth offsets climate-driven increase in woody vegetation in sub-Saharan Africa

Nature Ecology & Evolution

Citizen Science Provides a Reliable and Scalable Tool to Track Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Nature Communications

Direct Evidence of Adult Aedes albopictus Dispersal by Car

Scientific Reports


I currently teach Techniques of Statistical Analysis I and Theories of International Mobility and the Incorporation of Immigrants as part of UPF's masters programs in Sociology and Demography and in Migration Studies. I have previously taught Crime Mapping and Spatial Analysis, Data Mapping for Marketing, Research Methods for Global Studies, Advanced Methods for Criminological Research, Economics of Migration, Public International Law, and Forced Migration.


Current Projects

Complete list of projects at Orcid

Human-Mosquito Interaction Project

Host-vector networks, mobility, and the socio-ecological context of mosquito-borne disease


Addressing the impacts of climate change on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases

Big Mosquito Bytes

Providing Spain's public health agencies with tools for targeted and effective entomological and health management


Versatile emerging infectious disease observatory: Forecasting, nowcasting and tracking in a changing world

Mosquito Alert

This is a citizen science system that I co-direct with Frederic Bartumeus at the Spanish National Research Council’s Blanes Center for Advanced Studies (CEAB-CSIC). It enables anyone in the world to help research and control mosquitoes that can carry diseases. Please participate!



Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona

john.palmer [at]

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