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:


PSU 2008 June 1-June 6, 2008: University Park, PA

Workshop Coordinator

  • Stephen A. Matthews (E-mail: is Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Demography (Courtesy in Geography); Director, Geographic Information Analysis Core at the Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute, Penn State. His research focuses on families and neighborhoods in diverse community contexts and the application of GIS and spatial methods in demographic, health and social science research. He serves as PI on both an NIEHS funded quasi-experimental study of neighborhood food environments, diet, and health and an NICHD R25 training grant on advanced spatial analysis. Matthews has served on numerous NIH review panels including Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB), special panels (e.g., Cancer and GIS; Infrastructure for Data Sharing and Archiving) and on the editorial board of Health and Place (1994-2004) and American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2005-present). He was PI on the initial GIS and Population Science (GISPopSci) training grant (2005-2007). More information about Matthews is available at:

Workshop Presenters

  • A. Stewart Fotheringham (E-mail: is Science Foundation Ireland Research Professor and Director of the National Centre for Geocomputation at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has previously held positions at the University of Newcastle (U.K.), SUNY Buffalo, the University of Florida, and Indiana University. He obtained his Ph.D. and MA degrees in Geography at McMaster University in Canada and his BSc in Geography at Aberdeen University in Scotland. Professor Fotheringham's research interests are in the analysis of spatial data and he has published eight books, including the classic text on geographically weighted regression (Fotheringham, Brunsdon, and Charlton, 2002), and 100+ articles. He is an editor of Transactions in GIS and has grants totaling over $5 million. He has conducted GWR workshops in 10 countries and on four continents. More information about Fotheringham is available at:

  • Martin Charlton (E-mail: is senior research associate at the National Center for Geocomputation at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is an expert in the use of GIS and spatial statistics and has been a leading researcher in this area for over 20 years. He previously was a lecturer in GIS at the University of Newcastle, U.K. Charlton, together with Fotheringham and Brunsdon, is one of the originators of geographically weighted regression, for which he has written much of the software (including versions of the GWR software that run under UNIX and code for GWR in R). More information about Charlton is available at:

  • Chris Brunsdon (E-mail: is Professor and Chair of Geographic Information in the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester, U.K. Prior to his current appointment he was Reader in Spatial Analysis at the University of Newcastle, U.K., and Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Glamorgan, U.K. His primary interests include the methodologies underlying spatial statistical analysis and geographical information systems, and their application in a number of subject areas; in particular the analysis of crime patterns, house prices and health related data. He has published extensively in the areas of spatial analysis and visualization as well as co-authoring two books with Fotheringham and Charlton. He is one of the developers of geographically weighted regression, a technique of analysis that models geographical variations in the relationships between variables. Brunsdon has written code for GWR in R. He has co-presented in a number of workshops on GWR as well as R. He has successfully obtained a number of grants in the U.K. from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Home Office. As well as interests in the spatial analysis of social data, he has worked on GIS and spatial analysis of environmental data (the analysis of rainfall, hydrology and luminescence data). More information about Brunsdon is available at:

GIA Core Staff at PRI/SSRI

  • Steve Graham
    Senior GIS Programmer - Ph.D. Geological Sciences,The University of Texas at Austin, 2000; B.Sc. Geological Sciences & Environmental Studies, Tufts University, 1993
    Research Interests: WebGIS, custom programming, GIS & hydrologic modeling, global hydrology & climate modeling

  • Yosef Bodovski GIS Programmer -
    Education:  B.A. Geography/Sociology The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 1996; Master in GIS The Pennsylvania State University , 2007
    Research Interests: GIS applications in social sciences, Database Design, Urban Geography

  • Brian McManus GIS Programmer-
    M.S. Geography The Pennsylvania State University, 2002; B.A. Geography/Political Science The University of Tennessee, 1999
    Research Interests: Geographic Visualization, Urban and Political Geography.


  • Martin Bangha
    Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
    Research Interest: Demography

  • Vivien Chen
    Affiliation: Penn State University
    Research Interest: Education & Demography

  • Jamie Doyle
    Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Research Interest: Demography

  • Rodrigo Salcedo Du Bois
    Affiliation: Penn State University - Population Research Institute
    Research Interest: Agricultural Economics & Demography

  • Stephanie Foster
    Affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Research Interest: MPH

  • Joe D. Francis
    Affiliation: Cornell University
    Research Interest: Statistics

  • Corina Graif
    Affiliation: Harvard University
    Research Interest: Sociology

  • Chris Herrmann
    Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College
    Research Interest: Criminology

  • Claudia Nau
    Affiliation: Penn State University
    Research Interest: Sociology & Demography

  • Amy Kracker Selzer
    Affiliation: Brown University
    Research Interest: Sociology

  • Lissette Allaga Linares
    Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin
    Research Interest: Sociology/Demography

  • Linda Loubert
    Affiliation: Morgan State University
    Research Interest: Urban Research

  • Andrew Maroko
    Affiliation: The Graduate Center and Lehman College, CUNY
    Research Interest: Geography

  • Maria Fernanda Muniz
    Affiliation: CIESIN, Earth Institute at Columbia University
    Research Interest: Geography

  • Ashley Schempf
    Affiliation: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Research Interest: Epidemiology

  • Rosanna Shuk Yin Lee
    Affiliation: University of Washington
    Research Interest: Demography

  • Karen Snedker
    Affiliation: University of Washington
    Research Interest: Sociology

  • Michael Strager
    Affiliation: West Virginia University
    Research Interest: Economics

  • Travis Taniguchi
    Affiliation: Temple University
    Research Interest: Criminology

  • Qingfang Wang
    Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Research Interest: Geography

  • Daisaku Yamamoto
    Affiliation: Central Michigan University
    Research Interest: Geography

  • Tse-Chuan Yang
    Affiliation: Penn State University
    Research Interest: Spatial Social Science

  • Wenquan (Charles) Zhang
    Affiliation: Texas A&M University
    Research Interest: Sociology