Clio Andris


Thank you for visiting!  I study interpersonal relationships in geographic space from the coffee shop to 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 simultaneously measure dynamic relationships in the context of interpersonal communication and the built environment, how relationships start in the mind build to contribute to worldwide connectivity. This research has also been able to articulate and develop seven types of geographic social capital, and measure the geographic pull-power of instituions as alternative metrics for ranking (e.g. college ranking).


Applications include travel and census in Singapore, mentorships in Santa Fe, NM, telecom data in the UK, Singapore and Cote d'Ivoire, NCAA Athletics, the U.S. Congress and relationships at Penn State.


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Research Interests

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

Previous Appointments

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (2014)
  • Santa Fe Institute (2012-2014)


  • PhD Urban Information Systems, MIT, 2011


Xi Liu, PhD

Sohrab Rahimi, PhD


Sam Stehle, PhD

Sterling Quinn, PhD

Eun-Kyeong Kim, PhD

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 560: Seminar in GIScience "Interpersonal Relationships in Geographic Space" (Fall 2015, 2014)
  • GEOG 497A: Advanced GIS Modeling (Fall 2015)
  • GEOG 363: Geographic Information Systems (Spring 2016, 2015)