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:


UCSB 2010 July 12–July 16, 2010: Santa Barbara, CA

Workshop Coordinators

  • Donald Janelle (Email: is a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is Program Director for the Center for Spatial Studies. He is also Professor Emeritus with the University of Western Ontario, where he chaired the Department of Geography for five years and served as Assistant Vice Provost. Janelle holds a BA in Geography from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a PhD in Geography from Michigan State University. His research interests include space-time analyses of individual behavior, the time-geography of cities, 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 and the 2009 Ronald F. Abler Honors Award for Distinguished Service from the Association of American Geographers.  Janelle has authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and has co-edited five books, including Information, Place, and Cyberspace: Issues in Accessibility and Spatially Integrated Social Science. More information about Janelle is available at:

  • 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:


  • 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:

Teaching Assistants and Project Consultants

  • Frank Davenport
    Department of Geography
    University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Indy Hurt
    GIS, lab consultant
    Department of Geography
    University of California, Santa Barbara


  • Ashley Arnio
    Affiliation: Florida State University
    Research Interest: Criminology

  • Grettel Castro
    Affiliation: Florida International University
    Research Interest: Statistics

  • Peter Christensen
    Affiliation: Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
    Research Interest: Urban and Regional Planning

  • Ian Craig
    Affiliation: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
    Research Interest: Health Sciences

  • Alan Delmerico
    Affiliation: Center for Health and Social Research, Buffalo State College
    Research Interest: Geography

  • Christopher Fowler
    Affiliation: University of Washington
    Research Interest: Geography

  • Louisa Holmes
    Affiliation: University of Southern California
    Research Interest: Geography

  • Katherine King
    Affiliation: University of Michigan Population Studies Center Sociology
    Research Interest: Sociology

  • Katherine Chun-Min Lin
    Affiliation: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Research Interest: Epidemiology

  • Sze Liu
    Affiliation: Harvard University
    Research Interest: Epidemiology

  • Gorden McCord
    Affiliation: Columbia University
    Research Interest: Economics

  • Allan Joseph Medwick
    Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
    Research Interest: Public Administration

  • Imelda Moise
    Affiliation: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
    Research Interest: Geography

  • Heather O'Connell
    Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Research Interest: Sociology

  • Sookhee Oh
    Affiliation: University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Research Interest: Sociology

  • Jesse Plascak
    Affiliation: Ohio State University College of Public Health
    Research Interest: Epidemiology

  • Diana Ray
    Affiliation: University of Southern California
    Research Interest: Social Work

  • Alejandra Ramirez Cuesta
    Affiliation: LBJ School of Public Affairs University of Texas at Austin
    Research Interest: Urban and Regional Planning

  • Fernando Riosmena
    Affiliation: University of Colorado at Boulder
    Research Interest: Demography

  • Pura Rodriguez de la Vega
    Affiliation: Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
    Research Interest: Statistics

  • Carla Shoff
    Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University, Population Research Institute
    Research Interest: Rural Sociology

  • Carol Tomás
    Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley
    Research Interest: Demography

  • Sacoby Wilson
    Affiliation: University of South Carolina
    Research Interest: Epidemiology

  • Yuhong Zhou
    Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Research Interest: Geography