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 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. 

Applications include travel and census in Singapore, telecom data in the UK, Singapore and Cote d'Ivoire, NCAA Athletics, Facebook, confection consumption (sponsored by The Hershey Company), AirBNB, The Yellow Pages, Yelp, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the U.S. Congress, Penn State Alumni, and romantic relationships in State College. Our largest project is the Neighborhood Connectivity Survey, a 20,000-household mailing sponsored by the Knight Foundation. The NCS surveys for patterns on telecommunications, migration and travel, as well as trends in access to social support. The goal of this project is to measure social resilliance by highlighting neighborhoods with strong social and spatial ties.


Visit the Friendly Cities Lab  for more information on our latest projects:

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
Hanzhou Chen, PhD

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 497A (to be 465): 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"


Selected publications from the Friendly Cities Lab: 

Rahimi, S., Andris, C., & Liu, X. (2017). Using Yelp to Find Romance in the City: A Case of Restaurants in Four Cities. Proceedings of the 3rd ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Analytics – UrbanGIS '17. Redondo Beach, California: ACM Press.

Liu, X., Hollister, R., & Andris, C. (2017). Wealthy Hubs and Poor Chains: Constellations in the U.S. Urban Migration System. Agent-Based Models and Complexity Science in the Age of Geospatial Big Data – Selected Papers from GIScience 2016 (pp. 73-86). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Rahimi, S., Martin, M.J.R., Obeysekere, E., Hellmann, D., Liu, X., & Andris, C. (2017). A GIS-Based Analysis of Social Capital Data: Landscape Factors that Correlate with Trust. Sustainability, 9(3), 16.

Andris, C. (2016). Integrating Social Network Data into GISystems. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 31(10), 2009-2031.

Rahimi, S., Liu, X., & Andris, C. (2016). Hidden Style in the City: An Analysis of Geolocated AirBNB Rental Images in Ten Major Cities. Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Analytics-UrbanGIS '16. Burlingame, California: ACM Press.

Andris, C. (2016). A Computational Model for Dyadic Relationships (Invited Paper). 2016 IEEE 17th International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration (IRI). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Andris, C., Lee, D., Hamilton, M. J., Martino, M., Gunning, C. E., & Selden, J. A. (2015). The Rise of Partisanship and Super-Cooperators in the U.S. House of Representatives. PLOS ONE, 10(4), e0123507.