Dr. Guangqing Chi, Principal Investigator


Dr. Guangqing Chi

Dr. Guangqing Chi is an associate professor of rural sociology and demography and director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also currently a Deputy Editor of Demography. He received a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Demography from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. degree in Environmental Policy from Michigan Technological University. His program of research is in environmental and spatial demography, examining the interactions between the human population and the built and natural environments in the U.S., China, and Central Asia by building upon his methodological strengths in computational and spatial analysis. His research has been supported by NSF, NIH, NASA, and USDOT. He has published about 40 articles in internationally prestigious journals. His research on gasoline prices and traffic safety has been highlighted more than 2,000 times by various news media outlets. Further information about Dr. Chi's research can be found at http://www.landdevelopability.org/chi.


Dr. Derrick Ho, Research Fellow


Dr. Derrick Ho (Hung Chak Ho) is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. Derrick was trained as an environmental geoscientist during his undergraduate and master studies, while he has turned to be an multidisciplinary researcher with major focuses on spatial demography, environmental epidemiology, and urban sustainability from his PhD program.Starting from his undergraduate experiences, Derrick has extensively worked on research projects related to Big Data analytics and spatial modelling for community planning and disaster risk management; and regional studies to analyze human-environmental interaction, particularly in environmental health impacts and population stress. Derrick also gets an interest to integrate the research outputs to policy implications and knowledge transfer. This includes a co-development of government-based Heat Exposure Integrated Deprivation Index (HEIDI) with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Canada, for disaster risk reduction of extreme hot weather events. Further information about Dr. Ho's research can be found at http://www.landdevelopability.org/ho


James Beaudoin, Research Fellow


James Beaudoin is a GIS web/applications developer with the Applied Population Laboratory (APL) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Much of his work at the APL has been researching and developing new and cutting edge techniques for bringing demographic data to the web.  His expertise is developing interactive applications through the use of Open Source tools for demographic data dissemination.  


James Beaudoin's profile: Link


Dr. Stephen J. Ventura, Advisor


Dr. Ventura is a professor at the Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His expertise is in GIS analysis, environmental science, landscape modeling, and land use planning.


Dr. Ventura's profile: http://soils.wisc.edu/people/faculty/ventura/


Dr. David Levinson, Advisor


DavidProf. David Levinson joined the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney in 2017. He also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where from 1999 to 2016, he served on the faculty. He was Managing Director of the Accessibility Observatory, and directed the Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems (NEXUS) research group. He held the Richard P. Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation (2006-2016). He also served on the graduate faculty of the Applied Economics and Urban and Regional Planning programs at the University of Minnesota. In academic year 2006-2007 he was a visiting academic at Imperial College in London. His expertise is in transportation economics.


Dr. Levinson's website: http://transportist.org/



This research is conducted at, and supported by, the Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute and Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education of the Pennsylvania State University. The interactive webGIS map is hosted and maintained by the Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) Core at the Pennsylvania State University.