Advanced Spatial Analysis

This website is preserved as an Archive for the NIH-funded GISPopSci / Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Programs (2005–2013). Current resources in support of
Spatially Integrated Social Science
are now available at the following:



Principal Investigators

Stephen A. Matthews

Geographic Information Analysis Core Population Research Associate
Social Science Research Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
601 Oswald Tower, University Park, PA 16802-6211
Phone: (814) 863-9721, Fax: (814) 863-8342


Dr. Stephen A. Matthews is an associate professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography, senior research associate and director of the Geographic Information Analysis Core at the Population Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University.

Matthews training and research experience in geography and planning have focused on the application of GIS technologies and statistical methods to health service utilization and accessibility, and epidemiology.Part of his current work focuses on the integration of GIS and ethnographic research methods in explorations of how low-income and minority women navigate space relative to their daily routines in both the Three City Welfare Project (Boston, Chicago and San Antonio) and the Family Life Project based in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.In ongoing projects he is exploring issues around (a) race/ethnic segregation, (b) adolescent health, (c) food deserts and nutrition, (d) contextual effects on reproductive health, (e) population and environment relations, (f) Black Death, and (g) religion and the built environment.

Matthews is a regular member of the Community Influences on Health Behavior review panel at NIH (formerly SNEM-1) and has been a consultant to Population Centers on both computing and GIS/spatial analysis infrastructures.He has developed training materials for the integration of population, reproductive health and geographic databases for the UN Statistical Division and also served as a technical consultant to the Population Division of the United Nations regarding the Global Population Information Network (POPIN).Matthews was a member of Macro International's MEASURE+GIS Working Group assessing the potential use and availability of geo-coded and contextual data on Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) clusters. More recently he has coordinated the GIS and spatial analysis workshops at the Population Association of America (PAA) meetings (1998-2003), and in 2003 hosted the CSISS sponsored Population Science and GIS workshop at Penn State. Matthews was the inaugural chair of Penn State's GIS Council, and currently serves as the Social Science Research Institute's representative on the GIS Council.

Matthews is past chair of both the Medical Geography Specialty Group and the Census Advisory Committee of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), has served the AAG as liaison to the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS), and has been PRI's representative at the Association of Public Data Users (APDU). He was the North American Book Review Editor for the journal Health and Place (1994-1998) and has served on the journal's editorial board since 1994.In Fall 2004 Matthews joined the editorial board of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2005-2008).


Michael F. Goodchild

Professor, Department of Geography
University of California
3611 Ellison Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060, USA
Phone: (805) 893-8049, Fax: (805) 893-3146


Michael F. Goodchild is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Chair of the Executive Committee, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA); Associate Director of the Alexandria Digital Library Project; and Director of NCGIA's Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in Geography from McMaster University in 1969. After 19 years at the University of Western Ontario, including three years as Chair, he moved to Santa Barbara in 1988. He was Director of NCGIA from 1991 to 1997.

He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002. He has received honorary doctorates from Laval University (1999) and Keele University (2001). In 1990 he was given the Canadian Association of Geographers Award for Scholarly Distinction, in 1996 the Association of American Geographers award for Outstanding Scholarship, in 1999 the Canadian Cartographic Association's Award of Distinction for Exceptional Contributions to Cartography, in 2002 the Educator of the Year Award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, and in 2003 the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2001 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. He has won the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Intergraph Award and twice won the Horwood Critique Prize of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He was Editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990, and serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series. In 2000 he was appointed Editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

His major publications include Geographical Information Systems: Principles and Applications (1991); Environmental Modeling with GIS (1993); Accuracy of Spatial Databases (1989); GIS and Environmental Modeling: Progress and Research Issues (1996); Scale in Remote Sensing and GIS (1997); Interoperating Geographic Information Systems (1999); Geographical Information Systems: Principles, Techniques, Management and Applications (1999); Geographic Information Systems and Science (2001); Spatial Uncertainty in Ecology (2001); and Uncertainty in Geographical Information (2002); in addition he is author of some 300 scientific papers. He was Chair of the National Research Council's Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999; has been a member of NRC's Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications; and is currently a member of NRC's Committee on Geography. His current research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, the future of the library, and uncertainty in geographic data.


Donald G. Janelle

Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science
University of California
3510 Phelps Hall, Santa Barbara, CA
93106-4060, USA
Phone: (805) 893-5267, Fax: (805) 893-3146


Donald Janelle is a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Program Director for the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science. CSISS is an NSF-funded national infrastructure program for the social sciences at UCSB. Janelle was on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario for thirty years, where he chaired the Department of Geography for five years and worked briefly as Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. From 1966 to 1969, he was on the geography faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Janelle received a BA in Geography from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and earned MA and PhD degrees in Geography from Michigan State University. He edited The Canadian Geographer, the official refereed journal of the Canadian Association of Geographers, and served as a past chair of the Publications Committee for the Association of American Geographers.

Janelle's research and publications are based broadly within geography and affiliated social and behavioral sciences. Primary themes include space-time analyses of individual behavior, the time-geography of cities, the temporal-spatial ordering of social systems, locational conflict analysis, social issues in transportation, and the role of space-adjusting technologies in structuring new patterns of social and economic organization. He is a recipient of the Edward L. Ullman Award for Career Contributions to Transportation Geography by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and has co-edited five books. The three most recent include: Information, Place, and Cyberspace: Issues in Accessibility (Springer-Verlag, 2000), with David Hodge; WorldMinds: Geographical Perspectives on 100 Problems (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004), with Barney Warf and Kathy Hansen; and Spatially Integrated Social Science (Oxford University Press, 2004), with Michael Goodchild. The later book is the primary publication from the CSISS project and is intended to showcase research methodologies in spatial social science.


Internal Advisory Board

Nancy Landale

Professor of Sociology and Demography
Director, Population Research Institute
Population Research Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
601 Oswald Tower, University Park, PA 16802-6211
Phone: (814) 865-0486, Fax: (814) 863-8342


Professor Landale's research focuses on family patterns and health outcomes of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. She has written extensively about the roles of migration and assimilation in the family patterns and infant health outcomes of Puerto Ricans. Recent articles have focused on selective migration and infant mortality; the role of assimilation in health behaviors and stress; the financial and non-financial contributions of fathers; and racial self-identification. Professor Landale teaches in the areas of social demography and the family.


Francis Dodoo

Professor of Sociology and Demography
Liberal Arts Research Professor
Population Research Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
913 Oswald Tower
Phone: (814) 863-2240, Fax: (814) 863-8342


Professor Dodoo's primary research interests are in the demographic and health outcomes associated with urban poverty, intergenerational transfer of norms governing the gendered stratification of sexuality, the male role and the intersection of gender and power on fertility decision making, and in Africans and other black immigrants in the United States. He has a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the influences of urban poverty on risky sexual behavior in five African cities (including Accra, Ghana), also works on how child socialization affects the development of gender in what is a highly male-dominated society. In addition, he plans to initiate a project in Ghana and Malawi on heterosexual behavior and the spread of HIV. Professor Dodoo is spearheading a University-based collaboration between Penn State and the University of Ghana (UG) to restructure UG's Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) in the mold of the Population Research Institute at Penn State. Strengthening RIPS will enhance research and learning between students and faculty at both institutions.


Gordon De Jong

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography
Director, Graduate Program in Demography
Graduate Program in Demography, Director
The Pennsylvania State University
506 Oswald Tower, University Park, PA 16802-6207, USA
Phone: (814) 863-2277, Fax: (815) 863-8342


Professor De Jong's scholarship is in social demography, immigration and internal migration, population aging, and the demography of Pennsylvania. Current research projects focus on the impact of U.S. welfare reform policies on the migration decisions of poor families, and on Dominican immigration to new destination metropolitan areas in the U.S. Over his career Professor De Jong has conducted research projects on internal and international migration in Peru, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Israel, The Philippines, Thailand, Romania, and currently South Africa. He has secured a cumulative total of 35 years of training grant funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Aging, and the Hewlett Foundation to support graduate students education in social demography at Penn State. He frequently provides briefings on demographic trends and their impact on public policy for state of PA government officials, including the governor, office of general counsel, house and senate committees, and state departments and agencies.


Helen Couclelis

Department of Geography
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060, USA
Phone: (805) 893-2196, Fax: (805) 893-3146


Helen Couclelis is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a Doctorate from the University of Cambridge, England, a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and an MA. equivalent in Architecture from the Technical University of Athens, Greece. In 1999 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Prior to joining the UCSB Geography Department in 1982, Dr. Couclelis spent several years as a professional planner and policy advisor in Greece. Former positions include: secretary of the Committee for Urban Development, 15-year National Plan of Greece, Center for Planning and Economic Research; assistant project manager of a major planning project involving urban development plans for 20 Nigerian cities, with Doxiadis Associates, Greece; and member of a policy advisory group attached to a council of Ministers of the Greek Government responsible for urban, regional, and environmental matters. She also represented Greece on several European Community and UN meetings and task forces. Dr. Couclelis has been a visiting research professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Waterloo, Canada (1981), a visiting researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development of the University of California at Berkeley (1982), and a visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University (1987).

The research interests of Dr. Couclelis are in the areas of urban and planning theory and modeling, in behavioral geography and spatial cognition, and in geographic information science. Recent research and publications include work on cellular automata models of urban dynamics, on representations of space in both human cognition and computers, in the geography of the information society, and in the development of GIS-based approaches to help resolve locational conflicts in planning. She is a co-editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. She has co-edited A Ground for Common Search (with P. Gould and R.G. Golledge) and Geographic Information Research: Bridging the Atlantic (with M. Craglia). She was Associate Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) from 1993 to 1996.


Barbara Herr-Harthorn

Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research; Office of Research
Department of Anthropology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
Phone: (805) 893-5647, Fax: (805) 893-3146


Barbara Herr Harthorn is Co-Director of the Center for Global Studies at the Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, a Research Anthropologist, and Director of Social Science Research Development at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her BA degree from Bryn Mawr College in Anthropology in 1973 and her PhD in Anthropology in 1983 from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has conducted extensive field research in East Africa, Melanesia, Polynesia, and rural and urban US with support from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the UC MEXUS program, UCLA, and the UCSB Center for Chicano Studies. Her research centers on the social production of health inequality. Her current funded research projects, all in California, include two studies of Mexican-origin farmworkers' health and an environmental justice project using Public Participation GIS in mediating environmental health conflict about pesticide drift. She has published articles in a number of medical, public health, and anthropological journals.


Peter Kuhn

Department of Economics
University of California
2127 North Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060
Phone: (805) 893-3666, Fax: (805) 893-8830


Peter Kuhn is professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has previously held faculty positions at McMaster University and the University of Western Ontario, in addition to visiting appointments at Princeton University, University College London, the London School of Economics, the University of Munich, and the Australian National University. His PhD (1983) is from Harvard University.

Kuhn is currently co-editor of Labour Economics: An International Journal , and a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Studies in Munich and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn. Kuhn has been Principal Investigator of the Canadian International Labour Network (CILN), and Program Director of the Canadian Employment Research Forum (CERF), and served on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Economics.

Kuhn's research spans the field of labor economics, including the economics of trade unions, wage and employment discrimination, immigration, displaced workers, unemployment, employment contracts, and comparative labor markets. He is currently editing a volume of papers entitled Losing Work, Moving On: International Perspectives on Worker Displacement, to be published by the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Contributors represent ten countries. He is also co-directing a study of labor unions in Latin America, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. Current research interests include the diffusion and effects of internet job search methods, and the role of non-cognitive skills such as leadership ability in wage determination. Kuhn's research has also been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ford Foundation, and the University of California's Pacific Rim Research Program, among other organizations. He frequently gives invited seminar presentations and lectures at universities in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia and has organized a dozen conferences in the past twelve years on various issues in labor economics.


External Advisory Board


Patrick Heuveline

Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of California, Los Angeles
264 Haines Hall - Box 951551
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551


Professor Heuveline's research interests center on the family as an adaptive institution and its key role in linking macro-level changes and individual behaviors. He has two major projects underway. The first funded through a W.T Grant Scholars Program grant is an international study of the institutional context in which families operate, and in particular, how the relationship between the family and the State affects youth wellbeing. The second research project is a study of the determinants and mechanisms of the demographic reconstruction of Cambodia in the 1980s, and reproductive changes up to the present. Besides these two main projects, Professor Heuveline maintains an interest in the social and demographic consequences of mortality change, in particular the interactions between mortality and fertility changes. He has done related work on the global demographic transition and on the HIV/AIDS epidemics in high-prevalence African populations. During 2007-2008 Professor Heuveline is a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is a co-author of "Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes" (Blackwell Publishers) September 2000. (Preston, S.H.; Heuveline, P.; Guillot, M.).


Seth Sanders

Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0097 USA
Phone: (919) 660-1898


Over the past three years, Professor Sanders has been part of four broad research programs: (1) the economic consequences of teenage childbearing on women and children, (2) economic shocks and the effects on workers and families, (3) gay and lesbian families and their performance in the U.S. economy, and (4) gender and racial wage differences among the highly educated. Among his future plans Professor Sanders will continue his work on the effects of economic shocks by exploiting the internal decennial census data files developed at MPRC. The 1960-1990 decennial Census data will have the geographic detail to allow Professor Sanders to study rural Appalachian families during coal mining booms and busts. A new project on immigration exploits unemployment insurance state earnings records matched to the 2000 Decennial long form.


Paul Voss

Center for Demography and Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
316 Agriculture Madison, WI 53706, USA
Phone: (608) 262-9526, Fax: (608) 262-6022
University of Wisconsin Email:
University of Wisconsin Web:

Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: (919) 962-3061
Odum Institute Email:
Odum Institute Web:

Paul Voss is Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Demographic Specialist with the University of Wisconsin's Division of Cooperative Extension. He also holds a demographic research affiliation of the Wisconsin Applied Population Laboratory and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology. He received his Ph.D. in sociology/demography from the University of Michigan in 1975 and has specialized for most of his professional career in modeling the processes of demographic change in small geographic areas, with particular emphasis on estimation and forecasting. Over the past decade, Dr. Voss has turned his attention to the proper specification and estimation of regression models when analyzing geographically referenced data. He teaches a graduate seminar in spatial data analysis for social scientists and is chair of the oversight committee of the Geographic Information and Analysis Core for the Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology.


John Weeks

International Population Center
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493, USA
Phone: (619) 594-8040, Fax: (619) 594-4938


Dr. John R. Weeks is Professor of Geography and Director of the International Population Center at San Diego State University, in San Diego, California (USA). He received his A.B. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966; his M.A. in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969, and his Ph.D. in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972. He taught at Michigan State University for three years prior to accepting an appointment at San Diego State University in 1974 in his home town of San Diego. He also holds an appointment as Clinical Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

His research interests span the fields of demography, public health, sociology, and geographic applications to demography. He has published numerous articles in demographic, geographic, health and medical journals and many chapters in edited academic monographs, including a chapter on "The Role of Spatial Analysis in Demographic Research," in Michael F. Goodchild and Donald G. Janelle (eds.), Spatially Integrated Social Science: Examples in Best Practice (New York: Oxford University Press), 2004. His textbook Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues is now in its 9th edition (2005) and has been the best-selling text in the field since the first edition appeared in 1978. Dr. Weeks was the Principal Investigator on a three-year NSF grant studying the application of remotely sensed imagery, spatial statistical analysis, and GIS technologies to an understanding of the Arab Fertility Transition, focusing especially on Egypt and Jordan. He is now the Principal Investigator on a study of intra-urban health in Accra, Ghana, using remote sensing and GIS, which is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He is Co-PI on a project funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study spatial security issues related to migration from Mexico to the US-Mexico border, and Co-PI on a National Cancer Institute study of the health effects of indoor tanning. He is also the Historian of the Population Association of America, and is active in the Population Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, the American Sociological Association, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Immigrant Health. He has also been a demographic and statistical consultant/expert witness in nearly 200 criminal and civil legal cases.