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.
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