Prof. Saviour Formosa

Prof. Saviour Formosa

Prof. Saviour Formosa


Associate Professor

Room 333
Humanities B
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2042
Prof. Saviour Formosa is an Associate Professor within the Department of Criminology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta. He has a Ph.D. in spatio-temporal environmental criminology, a MSc in GIS and a BA(Hons) in Sociology. His main area of research is spatio-temporal analysis of the social and physical relationships using spatial information systems.

His expertise lies in the implementation of developmental cross-thematic approaches and uses to the data cycle and management with emphasis on the thematic and spatial data structures, visualisation, modelling, web-mapping, analysis and dataflow management and reporting. He is a Member of the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield. Prof. Formosa developed the website which covers ongoing crime-related research and statistics in Malta.

Involved in various research projects, he serves as Malta's National contact for ESPON, GEO, GEOSS and EEA NFP.

Prof. Formosa is a reviewer of a number of international journals and publishers: SAGE, Springer, ScienceDomain, ICCSA, IIIS and ECS.

Latest Books Published:
Formosa Pace, J., Formosa, S., Azzopardi, J., Calafato, T., Calafato Testa, S., Caruana, P., Darmanin, B., Gauci, D., Lewis, O. & Scicluna, S. 2015, SeCollege: Researching the Potential for the Establishment of a Secure College in the Maltese Islands, Department of Criminology, University of Malta, Msida.
Formosa S., (Ed), (2014), Future Preparedness: Thematic & Spatial Issues for the Environment & Sustainability, University of Malta, Msida and Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Floriana, Malta, ISBN: 978-99957-834-6-4
Formosa, S., Scicluna, S., and Azzopardi J., (Eds.) (2013). Realities of Crime, Society and Landuse in the Mediterranean: JANUS I, University of Malta, Msida, Malta ISBN: 978-99957-834-0-2
Scicluna, S., Formosa, S., and Azzopardi J., (Eds.) (2013). Indicators for Crime Prevention in the Mediterranean: JANUS II, University of Malta, Msida, Malta, ISBN: 978-99957-834-2-6
Azzopardi J., Formosa, S., Scicluna, S., and Willis, A., (Eds.) (2013). Key Issues in Criminology: JANUS III, University of Malta, Msida, Malta ISBN: 978-99957-834-4-0

An updated publications list can be found at:
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing & LIDAR
  • 3D Technologies - Virtuality
  • Urban Planning & Climate Change
  • Post-Disaster Scenarios

FORMOSA, S., 2019. CrimeMalta Annual Crime Review: Year 2018. Pieta, Malta: CrimeMalta Observatory.

FURLANI, S., ANTONIOLI, F., GAMBIN, T., BIOLCHI, S., FORMOSA, S., LO PRESTI, V., MANTOVANI, M., ANZIDEI, M., CALCAGNILE, L. and QUARTA, G., 2018. Submerged speleothem in Malta indicates tectonic stability throughout the Holocene. The Holocene, 278(10),.

FORMOSA, S., 2017. Post-Disaster Preparedness: Implementing Techno-Centric Approaches in a Socio-Technic Environment. In: K. AQUILINA, P. MALLIA and B. ELLUL, eds, Contemporary Issues in Medical Ethics & Law: Conference Proceedings 2012-2015. Msida: University of Malta, pp. 197-213.

FORMOSA, S., 2015. Rising waters: Integrating national datasets for the visualisation of diminishing spatial entities. Xjenza Online, 3(2), pp. 105-117.

FORMOSA, S., 2015. Visualizing Visualisation: Spatial Conceptualisation as a stepping stone in the transition of Real-Virtual World Interactionism, Valletta 2018: Cultural Mapping: 'Debating Cultural Spaces and Places' Conference, October 2015 2015.

FORMOSA, S. and FORMOSA PACE, J., 2015. Hotspot approaches to Ageing studies: Employing space, time and geodemographics to understand safety for the elder adult. In: M. FORMOSA and C. SCERRI, eds, Population ageing in Malta: multidisciplinary perspectives. Msida: Malta University Press, pp. 97-119.

FORMOSA, S., 2014. If Appleseed Had an Open Portal: Making Sense of Data, SEIS and Integrated Systems for the Maltese Islands. In: B. MURGANTE, S. MISRA, A.M. ROCHA, C. TORRE, J.G. ROCHA, M.I. FALCAO, D. TANIAR, B.O. APDUHAN and O. GERVASI, eds, Computational Science and its Applications, ICCSA 2014. LNCS 8580 edn. Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing, pp. 709-722.

FORMOSA, S., 2014. Neogeography and Preparedness for Real-to-Virtual World Knowledge Transfer: Conceptual Steps to Minecraft Malta. Future Internet, 6(3), pp. 542-555.

BALUCI, C., VINCENTI, K., TILLUCK, B., CONCHIN, S., FORMOSA, S. and GRECH, D., 2013. National mapping survey of indoor radon levels in the Maltese Islands (2010-2011). Malta Medical Journal, 25(4), pp. 33-39.

FORMOSA, S., 2013. 09:03 A dozen years to make a state go virtual - LiDAR data use for 3D visualisation of the Maltese Islands. In: E. BUHMANN, S. ERVIN and M. PIETSCH, eds, Peer-Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2013. Wichmann Verlag, Heidelberg: pp. 55-64.

FORMOSA, S., 2013. Maltese Building Blocks for Geographical and Crime Sciences. Journal of Geography and Geology, 5(1), pp. 19-29.

FORMOSA, S., BRIGUGLIO, L., CALLEJA, E., FORMOSA PACE, J. and MONCADA, J., 2013. One Small State’s Preparation for Climate Change: Building an Integrated Socio-Technic Informational Infrastructure. International Journal of Geoinformatics, 9(1), pp. 11-18.

FORMOSA, S., FORMOSA PACE, J. and FARRUGIA, A., 2013. Spatial Environmental Monitoring as a tool to assess Environmental Security. GeoInformatics, 16(7), pp. 46-47.

FORMOSA, S., FORMOSA PACE, J. and SCIBERRAS, E., 2013. Spatial Information Preparedness for Environmental Enforcement in the Maltese Islands. International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems (IJAEIS), 4(3), pp. 1-17.

FORMOSA, S., 2012. Soaring Spaces: the Development of an Integrated Terrestrial and Bathymetric Information System for the Maltese Islands. In: E. BUHMANN, S. ERVIN and M. PIETSCH, eds, Peer Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2012, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. 2012 edn. Berlin: Wichmann Verlag, pp. 278-10.

FORMOSA, S., SCIBERRAS, E. and FORMOSA PACE, J., 2012. Taking the Leap: From Disparate Data to a Fully Interactive SEIS for the Maltese Islands. In: B. MURGANTE, O. GERVASI, S. MISRA, N. NEDJAH, A.M. ROCHA, D. TANIAR and B.O. APDUHAN, eds, Computational Science and its Applications, ICCSA 2012. LNCS 7334 edn. Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing, pp. 609-623.

FORMOSA, S., MAGRI, V., NEUSCHMID, J. and SCHRENK, M., 2011. Connecting Geodata Initiatives to Contribute to a European Spatial Data Infrastructure - The CRISOLA Case for Malta and the Project Plan4all. In: B. MURGANTE, O. GERVASI, A. IGLESIAS, D. TANIAR and O. APDUHAN, eds, Computational Science and its Applications – ICCSA 2011. LNCS 6783 edn. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 125-135.

GINIGE, T., SPARKS, N. and FORMOSA, S., 2010. ‘Waste not Want not’- Sustainable Waste Management in Malta. Law, Environment and Development Journal, 6(3), pp. 354.

MONCADA, S., CAMILLERI, M., FORMOSA, S. and GALEA, R., 2010. 'Islands at the Periphery, From Incremental to Comprehensive: Towards Island-Friendly European Union Policymaking. Island Studies Journal, 5(1), pp. 61-88.

DILLY, O., CAMILLERI, M., DORRIE, C., FORMOSA, S., GALEA, R., HALLENBARTER, D., HASENAUER, H., IMRICHOVA, Z., KORZENIOWSKA-PUCULEK, R., KOWALIK, M., KOZA, P., KRAUCHI, N., KULL, A., LOPATKA, A., MANDER, U., MONCADA, S., OJA, T., PUDELKO, R., PUTZHUBER, F., ROGAB, C., SCHNEIDER, B., SIEBIELEC, G., STUCZYNSKI, T. and HUTTL, R., 2008. Key sustainability issues and the spatial classification of sensitive regions in Europe. In: K. HELMING, M. PEREZ-SOBA and P. TABBUSH, eds, Sustainability Impact Assessment of Land-Use Changes. Berlin: Springer, .

  • ARC5000 - Archaeology and the Sea - Theory and Methods
  • CRI1005 - Organised Crime
  • CRI2011 - Practical Approaches to Research Methodology
  • CRM3009 - Designing out Crime: Spatial Planning and the Environment
  • ISS5220 - Research Methodology

Member of the University of Huddersfield ACC (Applied Criminology Centre)
Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society UK with IBG
MAGI – (Founder - Vice-Chair) – Malta Association of Geographic Information
MACA – (Founder - President) – Malta Criminology Association
Collaborating Scholar with the Islands & Small States Institute, University of Malta
Member of the European Society of Criminology
Member of the British Society of Criminology

Member of the Board of the Islands & Small States Institute, University of Malta
Member of the Board of the Department of Criminology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta

Latest Projects:
SeCollege: Researching the Potential for the Establishment of a Secure College in the Maltese Islands
Project Leader: ERDF project 156 “Developing National Environmental Monitoring Infrastructure and Capacity”
Project Leader: ISEC Programme 2009 Action Grants Project: "JANUS: The Spatial and Socio-Physical Faces of Crime – a hotspot approach to crime mitigation"
National Project Leader: ESPONTrain
Project Expert: New-Bie, ESF 3110n - Service tender for the provision of socio-technical criminological research services as part of ESF 3110 Project: Better Future: Promoting an Equal and Inclusive Labour Market
Project Expert: Merging statistics and geospatial information in Member States
Researcher: University of Malta Research Grant 2012/13 "SPATEMAP: Spatio temporal mapping of offenders records 2012"
Researcher/Consultant: Inflowence, Enerscapes, Plan4Business, Med-Strategy, OSDDT-Med, Seatoland, Elih-Med, as part of FTZ Projects
Researcher and Advisor at the Corradino Correctional Facility Malta

Previous Projects and Initiatives: Plan4All, Phoenix, DEDUCE, Third Country Nationals, Aarhus Twinning, SEIS, INSPIRE Directive Drafting, CLC1990-CLC2000-CLC2006, LUCAS, EURISY, SENSOR, SOER, ARGOS, Turtle dove quail surveys, Cartruts, Cultura 2000, EEA Effectiveness Survey, EEA translation services (SOE), ESPON Data Dictionary, IRENA (RDP), Polymetrex Plus, Intermetrex, Leonardo, TF Insitution Building (IB200x), EUROGI-GINI, DG REGIO feasibility study LAU2, Permitting and Monitoring Twinning Light Project...

International Representation:
Contact Point: ESPON - European Spatial Planning Observatory Network
National Focal Point: European Environment Agency
Principal Contact: GEO/GEOSS - Global Earth Observation / Global Earth Observation System of Systems
Committee: Copernicus/GMES - Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
UoM representative for CeAS (Centre for advanced studies on terrorism and political violence)