Guangqing Chi's website    


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Six Graduate Research Assistants;
Multiple Undergraduate Research Assistants; and
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  Current Positions
  Director, Computational and Spatial Analysis Core
  Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography
  The Pennsylvania State University
  Ph.D. in Environmental Demography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  M.S. in Environmental Policy, Michigan Technological University, 2002
  B.S. in Environmental Science, East China Normal University, 1999
  Contact Information
  Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education (112E Armsby)  
  Population Research Institute (803 Oswald)  
  The Pennsylvania State University  
  University Park, PA 16802  
  Tel: 814-826-4686 | Fax: 814-865-3746  
  Email: gchi[at]psu[dot]edu  
  My Google Scholar Profile


Dr. Guangqing Chi is an associate professor of rural sociology and demography and director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core of the Population Research Institute and the Social Science Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chi is an environmental and spatial demographer. His teaching interests are in demography, spatial analysis, population and environment, social statistics, and transportation and society. His program of research examines the interactions between the human population and the built and natural environment upon which we all depend. He pursues this objective through two interwoven areas of research: climate change, land use, and community resilience; and critical infrastructure/transportation, population change, and population health within the smart cities framework. The two areas of research build upon his methodological strengths in computational and spatial analysis and spatial demography.

Dr. Chi's research has been supported through grants from national and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and U.S. Department of Transportation. He has published 50+ articles in internationally prestigious journals. His research on gasoline prices and traffic safety has been highlighted more than 2,000 times by various news media outlets, such as National Public Radio, Money, and Huffington Post.


A Note to Prospective Students/Postdocs:

I encourage prospective students or postdocs who are interested in potentially working in my research group to contact me. Please review this website to find out if your academic goals could be achieved in my program. A research interest in rural sociology, demography, population and environment, infrastructure, community resilience, transportation and society, climate change, and/or Big Data for social science research is required. Competence in rigorous statistical and spatial analysis is preferred. The student or postdoc should also be self-motivated, open to learning new methods, resourceful, and independent.

—Dr. Guangqing Chi

Last updated: October 20, 2019