Special Issue "Geospatial Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences"

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mei-Po Kwan

Department of Geography and Resource Management, and Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong, China
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Interests: environmental health; human mobility; sustainable cities; urban and transportation issues in cities; GIScience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Geospatial methods have been used in social and behavioral science research to examine a wide range of issues (e.g., residential segregation, commuting behavior, active transportation, accessibility to urban facilities, spatial mismatch between jobs and housing, spatial patterns of crime, activity–travel behavior, spatial inequality in health behaviors and outcomes, political redistricting, substance use behavior, natural disasters, and so on). However, recent advances in and widespread use of geospatial technologies for collecting and analyzing high-resolution space–time data (e.g., real-time sensing, GPS tracking, and LiDAR) provide many opportunities to bring forth new insights to these issues. Further, recent studies have also used geospatial methods (e.g., GeoAI and geovisualization) that go beyond the conventional spatial framework of fixed areal units (e.g., census tracts) and the static temporal framework to examine many issues in social and behavioral science research.

This Special Issue aims to showcase studies that use new geospatial approaches, methods, and data to yield new insights into a wide range of social and behavioral science issues. These studies include but are not limited to works on: the development and application of new analytical frameworks, approaches, and methods; the collection and analysis of individual-level data with geospatial technologies; the development of innovative methods for analyzing complex spatiotemporal data; and the examination of how dynamic geographic contexts influence individuals’  behaviors and social phenomena.  

Prof. Dr. Mei-Po Kwan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Geospatial methods
  • Human mobility
  • Real-time sensing
  • GPS tracking
  • GeoAI
  • Geographic context
  • Environmental exposures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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