Clio Andris


Thank you for visiting!  I study interpersonal relationships in geographic space from the scale of a coffee shop conversation to the scale of global flight networks. My background is in GIS, cultural studies and urban planning, and my and colleagues' research has uncovered how to put social networks in a GISystem for analysis, how to measure romatnic/interpersonal relationships within the built environment, and how relationships start in the mind and then build to contribute to worldwide connectivity.  We embed social capital data into GIS and quanitfy cities by their connectivity patterns.


Applications include travel and census in Singapore, mentorships in Santa Fe, NM, telecom data in the UK, Singapore and Cote d'Ivoire, NCAA Athletics, Facebook, confection consumption (sponsored by The Hershey Company), AirBNB, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the U.S. Congress, Penn State Alumni, and romantic relationships in State College.


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Research Interests

  • GIS
  • Social Networks
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Institutions
  • Telecommunications
  • Urban Planning
  • Social Capital

Previous Appointments

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (visitor) (2014)
  • Santa Fe Institute (2012-2014)
  • Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (2011-2012)


  • PhD Urban Information Systems, MIT, 2011


Xi Liu, PhD

Sohrab Rahimi, PhD


Sam Stehle, PhD

Sterling Quinn, PhD

Eun-Kyeong Kim, PhD

and more!

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 497A: Advanced GIS Modeling (annually, fall)
  • GEOG 363: Geographic Information Systems (annually, spring)
  • GEOG 565: GIS Skills for Research (fall 2016)
  • GEOG 497: Spatial Network Analysis (spring 2017)
  • GEOG 560: Seminar in GIScience "Interpersonal Relationships in Geographic Space"