Guangqing Chi, Ph.D.

Guangqing Chi, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Public Health Sciences
112E Armsby
Penn State University

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental demography
  • Spatial demography
  • Socio-environmental systems
  • Population-infrastructure dynamics
  • Computational and spatial analysis


  • PhD, Environmental Demography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006

Research Interests

My research is focused on socio-environmental systems, aiming to understand the interactions between human populations and built and natural environments and to identify important assets (social, environmental, infrastructural, institutional) to help vulnerable populations adapt and become resilient to environmental changes.

Current/Recent Courses

RSOC597: Spatial Analysis of Social Data

CED410: Population and Environment



Chi, Guangqing and Jun Zhu. 2019. Spatial Regression Models for the Social Sciences. Volume 14 of Advanced Quantitative Techniques in the Social Sciences. SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA. 272 pages. ISBN: 9781544302072; 154430207X.

Commissioned White Paper

Chi, Guangqing. 2019. "Demographic Forecasting and Future Interstate Highway System Demands." In: Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future, pp. 313–350 by the Future Interstate Study Committee of the Transportation Research Board in response to a Congressional request for the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press. DOI: 10.17226/25334.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Abdar, Moloud, Mohammad Ehsan Basiri, Junjun Yin, Mahmoud Habibnezhad, Guangqing Chi, Shahla Nemati, and Somayeh Asadi. 2020. "Energy Choices in Alaska: Mining People's Perception and Attitudes from Geotagged Tweets." Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 124: 109781.

Wang, Donghui, Annelise D. Hagedorn, and Guangqing Chi. 2020. "Remittances and Household Spending Strategies: Evidence from the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study, 2011–2013." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 

Xu, Feng, Zhanqi Wang, Guangqing Chi, and Zhexi Zhang. 2020. "The Impacts of Population and Agglomeration Development on Land Use Intensity: New Evidence behind Urbanization in China." Land Use Policy 95: 104639.

Chen, Wanxu, Guangqing Chi, and Jiangfeng Li. 2020. "The Spatial Aspect of Ecosystem Service Balance and Its Determinants." Land Use Policy 90: 104263.

Wang, Ming, Guangqing Chi, Yosef Bodovski, Sheldon L. Holder, Eugene J. Lengerich, Emily Wasserman, and Alicia C. McDonald. 2020. "Temporal and Spatial Trends and Determinants of Aggressive Prostate Cancer among Black and White Men with Prostate Cancer." Cancer Causes and Control 31(1): 63–71.

Chi, Guangqing, Donghui Wang, and Annelise D. Hagedorn. 2019. "Future Interstate Highway System Demands: Predictions Based on Population Projections." Case Studies on Transport Policy 7(2): 384–394.

Pu, Yingxia, Xinyi Zhao, Guangqing Chi, Jin Zhao, and Fanhua Kong. 2019. "A Spatial Dynamic Panel Approach for Modeling the Space-time Dynamics of Interprovincial Migration Flows in China." Demographic Research 41: 913–948.

Xu, Feng and Guangqing Chi. 2019. "Spatiotemporal Variations of Land Use Intensity and Its Driving Forces in China, 2000–2010." Regional Environmental Change 19(8): 2583–2596.

Kamenetsky, Maria, Guangqing Chi, Donghui Wang, and Jun Zhu. 2019. "Spatial Regression Analysis of Poverty in R." Spatial Demography 7(2): 113–147.

Parsafard, Mohsen, Guangqing Chi, Xiaobo Qu, Xiaopeng Li, and Haizhong Wang. 2019. "Error Measures for Trajectories Estimations with Geo-tagged Mobility Sample Data." IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems 20(7): 2566–2583.

Pu, Yingxia, Xiao Han, Guangqing Chi, Yaping Wang, Ying Ge, and Fanhua Kong. 2019. "The Impact of Spatial Spillovers on Interprovincial Migration in China, 2005–2010." Regional Studies 53(8): 1125–1136.

Chi, Guangqing, Derrick Shapley, Tse-Chuan Yang, and Donghui Wang. 2019. "Lost in the Black Belt South: Health Outcomes and Transportation Infrastructure." Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 191(S2): 297.

Kasu, Bishal and Guangqing Chi. 2019. "Transportation Infrastructures and Socioeconomic Statuses: A Spatial Regression Analysis at the County Level in the Continental United States, 1970–2010." Spatial Demography 7(1): 27–56.

Chen, Wanxu, Guangqing Chi, and Jiangfeng Li. 2019. "The Spatial Effects of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Ecosystem Services Intensity at the County Level in China, 1995–2015." Science of the Total Environment 669: 459–470.

Pu, Yingxia, Xinyi Zhao, Guangqing Chi, Shuhe Zhao, Jiechen Wang, Zhibin Jin, and Junjun Yin. 2019. "Design and Implementation of a Parallel Geographically Weighted k-Nearest Neighbor Classifier." Computers and Geosciences 127: 111–122.

Xu, Feng, Hung Chak Ho, Guangqing Chi, and Zhanqi Wang. 2019. "Abandoned Rural Residential Land: Using Machine Learning Methods to Identify Rural Residential Land Vulnerable to be Abandoned in Mountainous Areas." Habitat International 84: 43–56.

Chi, Guangqing and Donghui Wang. 2018. "Population Projection Accuracy: The Impacts of Sociodemographics, Accessibility, Land Use, and Neighbor Characteristics." Population, Space and Place 24(5): e2129.

Kasu, Bishal and Guangqing Chi. 2018. "The Evolving and Complementary Impacts of Transport Infrastructures on Population and Employment Change in the United States, 1970–2010." Population Research and Policy Review 37(6): 1003–1029.

Kasu, Bishal and Guangqing Chi. 2018. "Intercity Passenger Rails: Facilitating the Spatial Spillover Effects of Population and Employment Growth in the United States, 2000–2010." Journal of Urban Planning and Development 144(4): 04018037.

Li, Chuo, Guangqing Chi, and Robert Jackson. 2018. "Neighborhood Built Environment and Walking Behaviors: Evidence from the Rural American South." Indoor and Built Environment 27(7): 938–952.

Li, Chuo, Amir Ghiasi, Xiaopeng Li, and Guangqing Chi. 2018. "Sociodemographics and Access to Organic and Local Food: A Case Study of New Orleans, Louisiana." Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning 79: 141–150.

Chi, Guangqing and Hung Chak Ho. 2018. "Population Stress: A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Population Change and Land Development at the County Level in the Continental United States, 2000–2010." Land Use Policy 70(1): 128–137.

Chen, Xinxiang, Guanghua Chi, and Guangqing Chi. 2018. "Do Airports Boost Economic Development by Attracting Talent? An Empirical Investigation at the Sub-County Level." Social Science Quarterly 99(1): 313–329.

Ho, Hung Chak, Anders Knudby, Guangqing Chi, Mehdi Aminipouri, and Derrick Yuk-Fo Lai. 2018. "Spatiotemporal Analysis of Regional Socio-Economic Vulnerability Change Associated with Heat Risks in Canada." Applied Geography 95(1): 61–70.

Li, Kun, Guangqing Chi, Ling Wang, Yujing Xie, Xiangrong Wang, and Zhengqiu Fan. 2018. "Identifying the Critical Riparian Buffer Zone with the Strongest Linkage between Landscape Characteristics and Surface Water Quality." Ecological Indicators 93: 741–752.

Chi, Guangqing and Jamie Boydstun. 2017. "Are Gasoline Prices a Factor in Residential Relocation Decisions? Preliminary Findings from the American Housing Survey, 1996–2008." Journal of Planning Education and Research 37(3): 334–346.

Pinto, Casey, Lorah D. Dorn, Vernon M. Chinchilli, Ping Du, and Guangqing Chi. 2017. "Rural Counties Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Rates in Pennsylvania Among Adolescents and Young Adults." Annals of Epidemiology 27(9): 606–610.

Wang, Donghui and Guangqing Chi. 2017. "Different Places, Different Stories: A Study of Spatial Heterogeneity of County-Level Fertility in China." Demographic Research 37: 493–526.

Chi, Guangqing, Willie Brown, Xiang Zhang, and Yanbing Zheng. 2015. "Safer Roads Owing to Higher Gasoline Prices: How Long It Takes." American Journal of Public Health 105(8): 119–125.

Clement, Matthew, Guangqing Chi, and Derrick Ho. 2015. "Urbanization and Land Use Change: A Human Ecology of Deforestation Across the United States, 2001–2006." Sociological Inquiry 85(4): 628–653.

Li, Chuo, Guangqing Chi, and Robert Jackson. 2015. "Perceptions and Barriers to Walking in the Rural American South: The Influence of the Neighborhood Built Environment on Pedestrian Behaviors." Urban Design International 20(4): 255–273.

Chi, Guangqing and David W. Marcouiller. 2013. "In-Migration to Remote Rural Regions: The Relative Impacts of Natural Amenities and Land Developability." Landscape and Urban Planning 117(1): 22–31.

Chi, Guangqing, Jeremy R. Porter, Arthur G. Cosby, and David Levinson. 2013. "The Impact of Gasoline Price Changes on Traffic Safety: A Time Geography Explanation." Journal of Transport Geography 28(1): 1–11.

Chi, Guangqing and David W. Marcouiller. 2013. "Natural Amenities and Their Effects on Migration along the Urban-Rural Continuum." The Annals of Regional Science 50(3): 861–883.

Chi, Guangqing, Mohammed A. Quddus, Arthur Huang, and David Levinson. 2013. "Gasoline Prices Effects on Traffic Safety in Urban and Rural Areas: Evidence from Minnesota, 1998–2007." Safety Science 59(1): 154–162.

Chi, Guangqing and Yanbing Zheng. 2013. "Estimating Transport Footprint along Highways at Local Levels: A Combination of Network Analysis and Kriging Methods." International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 7(3): 261–273.

Chi, Guangqing. 2012. "The Impacts of Transport Accessibility on Population Change across Rural, Suburban, and Urban Areas: A Case Study of Wisconsin at Subcounty Levels." Urban Studies 49(12): 2711–2731.

Chen, Xinxiang and Guangqing Chi. 2012. "Natural Beauty, Money, and Talent Distribution: A Local-Level Panel Data Analysis." Population Research and Policy Review 31(5): 665–681.

Chi, Guangqing, Timothy E. McClure, and David B. Brown. 2012. "Gasoline Prices and Traffic Crashes in Alabama, 1999–2009." Traffic Injury Prevention 13(5): 476–484.

Chi, Guangqing and Paul R. Voss. 2011. "Small-Area Population Forecasting: Borrowing Strength across Space and Time." Population, Space and Place 17(5): 505–520.

Chi, Guangqing and David W. Marcouiller. 2011. "Isolating the Effect of Natural Amenities on Population Change at the Local Level." Regional Studies 45(4): 491–505.

Chi, Guangqing and Stephen J. Ventura. 2011. "An Integrated Framework of Population Change: Influential Factors, Spatial Dynamics, and Temporal Variation." Growth and Change 42(4): 549–570.

Chi, Guangqing and Domenico Parisi. 2011. "Highway Expansion Effects on Urban Racial Redistribution in the Post-Civil Rights Period." Public Works Management and Policy 16(1): 40–58.

Chi, Guangqing, Xuan Zhou, Timothy E. McClure, Paul A. Gilbert, Arthur G. Cosby, Li Zhang, Angela A. Robertson, and David Levinson. 2011. "Gasoline Prices and Their Relationship to Drunk-Driving Crashes." Accident Analysis and Prevention 43(1): 194–203.

Chi, Guangqing. 2010. "The Impacts of Highway Expansion on Population Change: An Integrated Spatial Approach." Rural Sociology 75(1): 58–89.

Chi, Guangqing. 2010. "Land Developability: Developing an Index of Land Use and Development for Population Research." Journal of Maps 2010: 609–617.

Chi, Guangqing, Arthur G. Cosby, Mohammed A. Quddus, Paul A. Gilbert, and David Levinson. 2010. "Gasoline Prices and Traffic Safety in Mississippi." Journal of Safety Research 41(6): 493–500.

Chi, Guangqing. 2009. "Can Knowledge Improve Population Forecasts at Subcounty Levels?" Demography 46(2): 405–427.

Chi, Guangqing and Jun Zhu. 2008. "Spatial Regression Models for Demographic Analysis." Population Research and Policy Review 27(1): 17–42.

Voss, Paul R. and Guangqing Chi. 2006. "Highways and Population Change." Rural Sociology 71(1): 33–58.

Chi, Guangqing, Paul R. Voss, and Steven C. Deller. 2006. "Rethinking Highway Effects on Population Change." Public Works Management and Policy 11(1): 18–32.

Chi, Guangqing and Brian Stone, Jr. 2005. "Sustainable Transport Planning: Estimating the Ecological Footprint of Vehicle Travel in Future Years." Journal of Urban Planning and Development 131(3): 170–180.