Geographers at Kent State have a strong research focus on GIS. Our work includes programming, analysis, visualization, and applications connected to natural hazards, urban ecology, and public health. Our Computational Social Science Lab and GIS Health and Hazards Lab offer research opportunities in multiple areas of geospatial technologies. In 2018 we will host the Applied Geography Conference, which will explore many of these technologies and the relationship to on-the-ground outcomes.
Researchers in Kent State’s Department of Geography actively develop and implement new methods on spatiotemporal-social network analysis/modelling/simulation for different application domains such as crime, economic development, disaster response, land use, migration, public health, sustainable communities, and urban planning. Faculty members have received about 60 grants from Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, EPA, Lake Erie Protection Fund, NASA, NSF, National Parks Service, North American Lake Management Society, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Urban University Program, USGS, and many county government projects. This team continues to develop more methods to integrate virtual, perceived, and real spaces with rich spatial, temporal, and thematic resolutions within the context of mobile and big data through computational social science lab and applied geography lab. We also work on the analysis of social networks in a more qualitative fashion.
- Andrew Curtis: GIS and public/clinical health, hazards, crime, GIS analysis, geospatial field techniques, research methods
- Jackie Curtis: post-disaster environments, maternal child health (MCH), geospatial techniques
- Amoaba Gooden: African Caribbean transnational communities, gender, identity and African diaspora, African diaspora social networks as determinants of health
- Jay Lee: GIS, geospatial analysis, urban operations research, geography of China, spatial and temporal simulation
- Jennifer Mapes: small towns, sustainability, planning, community economics, visualization and interactive mapping
- Mandy Munro-Stasiuk: Glacial and karst geomorphology, remote sensing, geoarchaeology
- Kelly Turner: sustainable urban planning, institutional analysis, environmental decision-making and management, urban ecology, water resources
- Emariana Widner: Biogeography, urban ecology, environmental geography, computational modeling
- Xinyue Ye: GIS, computational social science, open source spatial econometrics, crime analysis