Guangqing Chi, Ph.D.

Guangqing Chi, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Public Health Sciences
  • Director, the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core
112E Armsby
Penn State University

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

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


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

Dr. Chi’s 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. His current work investigates climate change impacts on coastal communities in the Arctic and climate-driven migration and left-behind children in Central Asia. He is an expert in spatial and big data analytic methods and lead author of the textbook “Spatial Regression Models for the Social Sciences” (SAGE 2019). Dr. Chi leads the POLARIS project and the establishment of an infrastructure for collecting and analyzing social media data (60+ TB; Twitter, Facebook, mobile phone).

Current/Recent Courses

RSOC597: Spatial Analysis of Social Data

CED410: Population and Environment

RSOC597: Elements of Statistics


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.

Active External Grants

  1. NSF Navigating the New Arctic Program. "NNA Track 1: Pursuing Opportunities for Long-term Arctic Resilience for Infrastructure and Society (POLARIS)" (Award # NNA-1927827). 1/1/2020–12/31/2023. PI. $3,000,000. (REU supplement, Award # NNA-2125212, 8/23/2021–12/3/2021, $9,000).
  2. NSF Sociology Program. "RR: The Generalizability and Replicability of Twitter Data for Population Research" (Award # SES-1823633). 7/15/2018–6/30/2022. PI. $500,000.
  3. NSF Office of Polar Program. "RAPID: Collaborative Research: COVID-19 Preparedness in Remote Fishing Communities in Rural Alaska" (Award # OPP-2032790). PI. Project dates: 6/15/2020–5/31/2022. $44,337. 
  4. Social Science Research Council. "Are We More Willing to Speak Up When We Share Without Clicking? A Study of Political Content Sharing on Facebook" (Award # 228621). Co-PI with Shyam Sundar (PI). Project dates: 7/1/2020–6/30/2021. $49,017.
  5. DOD. "Permanent Change of Station and Variation in Cancer Prevention and Care in the Military Health System" (Award # HQ0034-20-1-0002). $717,562. Co-I with Joel Segel (PI). Project dates: 9/29/2019–9/28/2021.
  6. NSF Office of Polar Program. "Convergence NNA: Coordinate a Transdisciplinary Research Network to Identify Challenges and Solutions of Permafrost Coastal Erosion and Its Socioecological Impact in the Arctic" (Award # OPP-1745369). 1/1/2018–12/31/2021. Co-PI with Ming Xiao (PI). $500,000.
  7. NIH. "The Center for Innovation in Intensive Longitudinal Studies (CIILS)" (Award # U24 AA027684). 9/20/2018–8/31/2021. Co-I with Sy-Miin Chow (PI). $1,835,411.
  8. NIH. "Population Research Institute" (Award # P2C HD041025). 9/4/2016–5/31/2021. Co-I (PI of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core) with Jennifer Van Hook (PI). $13,179,754.


A multi-modal approach towards mining social media data during natural disasters - A case study of Hurricane Irma
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Mohanty, Somya D., Biggers, Brown, Sayedahmed, Saed, Pourebrahim, Nastaran, Goldstein, Evan B., Bunch, Rick, Chi, Guangqing, Sadri, Fereidoon, McCoy, Tom P., Cosby, Arthur, 2021

Does the mental health of migrant workers suffer from long commute time? Evidence from China
Journal of Transport and Health, Xiao, Chenghan, Yang, Yang, Chi, Guangqing, 2020

A general approach to detecting migration events in digital trace data
PLoS One, Chi, Guanghua, Lin, Fengyang, Chi, Guangqing, Blumenstock, Joshua, 2020

Untangle the complex stakeholder relationships in rural settlement consolidation in China
Land, Yang, Fan, Chi, Guangqing, Wang, Ge, Tang, Shirui, Li, Yunting, Ju, Cong, 2020

The impacts of population and agglomeration development on land use intensity
Land Use Policy, Xu, Feng, Wang, Zhanqi, Chi, Guangqing, Zhang, Zhexi, 2020

Ecosystem services and their driving forces in the middle reaches of the yangtze river urban agglomerations, China
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Chen, Wanxu, Chi, Guangqing, Li, Jiangfeng, 2020

Understanding Demographics and Experience of Tourists in Yellowstone National Park through Social Media, Liang, Yun, Yin, J, Chi, Guangqing, Pan, Bing, Andris, Clio, Miller, Zach, Jorgenson, Jack, Nickerson, Norma, 2020

Untangle the Complex Stakeholder Relationships in Rural Settlement Consolidation in China: A Social Network Approach
Land, Yang, Fan, Chi, Guangqing, Wang, Ge, Tang, Shirui, Li, Yunting, Ju, Cong, 2020

Agricultural Productivity at the Oblast Level in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, 1990–2014: Implications of Demographic and Climate Changes
Research in Globalization, Chi, Guangqing, Gao, Jing, Wang, Donghui, Hagedorn, Annelise, Kelgenbaeva, Kamilya, Smith, M., Henebry, Geoffrey, 2020

Temporal and spatial trends and determinants of aggressive prostate cancer among Black and White men with prostate cancer
Cancer Causes and Control, Wang, Ming, Chi, Guangqing, Bodovski, Yosef, Holder, Sheldon L., Lengerich, Eugene J., Wasserman, Emily, McDonald, Alicia C., 2020

The spatial aspect of ecosystem services balance and its determinants
Land Use Policy, Chen, Wanxu, Chi, Guangqing, Li, Jiangfeng, 2020

Spatiotemporal variations of land use intensity and its driving forces in China, 2000–2010
Regional Environmental Change, Xu, Feng, Chi, Guangqing, 2019

The impact of spatial spillovers on interprovincial migration in China, 2005–10
Regional Studies, Pu, Yingxia, Han, Xiao, Chi, Guangqing, Wang, Yaping, Ge, Ying, Kong, Fanhua, 2019

A spatial dynamic panel approach to modelling the space-time dynamics of interprovincial migration flows in China
Demographic Research, Pu, Yingxia, Zhao, Xinyi, Chi, Guangqing, Zhao, Jin, Kong, Fanhua, 2019

Error measures for trajectory estimations with geo-tagged mobility sample data
IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Parsafard, Mohsen, Chi, Guangqing, Qu, Xiaobo, Li, Xiaopeng, Wang, Haizhong, 2019

The spatial association of ecosystem services with land use and land cover change at the county level in China, 1995–2015
Science of the Total Environment, Chen, Wanxu, Chi, Guangqing, Li, Jiangfeng, 2019

Lost in the Black Belt South
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Chi, Guangqing, Shapley, Derrick, Yang, Tse Chuan, Wang, Donghui, 2019

Design and implementation of a parallel geographically weighted k-nearest neighbor classifier
Computers and Geosciences, Pu, Yingxia, Zhao, Xinyi, Chi, Guangqing, Zhao, Shuhe, Wang, Jiechen, Jin, Zhibin, Yin, Junjun, 2019

Future interstate highway system demands
Case Studies on Transport Policy, Chi, Guangqing, Wang, Donghui, Hagedorn, Annelise De Jong, 2019

Abandoned rural residential land
Habitat International, Xu, Feng, Ho, Hung Chak, Chi, Guangqing, Wang, Zhanqi, 2019

The Evolving and Complementary Impacts of Transportation Infrastructures on Growth and Development, Kasu, Bishal, Chi, Guangqing, 2019

Climatic Impacts on Mountainous Livelihood in Kyrgyzstan, Aidaraliev, AA, Henebry, GM, Chi, Guangqing, Groisman, P, Tomaszewska, M, Baihodjoev, MS, Kelgenbaeva, KA, 2019

Spatial Regression Models for the Social Sciences, Chi, Guangqing, Zhu, Jun, 2019

Spatial Regression Analysis of Poverty in R
Spatial Demography, Kamenetsky, Maria, Chi, Guangqing, Wang, Donghui, Zhu, Jun, 2019

Remittances and household spending strategies
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Wang, Donghui, Hagedorn, Annelise, Chi, Guangqing, 2019

Intercity passenger rails
Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, ASCE, Kasu, Bishal Bhakta, Chi, Guangqing, 2018

Identifying the critical riparian buffer zone with the strongest linkage between landscape characteristics and surface water quality
Ecological Indicators, Li, Kun, Chi, Guangqing, Wang, Ling, Xie, Yujing, Wang, Xiangrong, Fan, Zhengqiu, 2018

Sociodemographics and access to organic and local food
Cities, Li, Chuo, Ghiasi, Amir, Li, Xiaopeng, Chi, Guangqing, 2018

Neighbourhood built environment and walking behaviours
Indoor and Built Environment, Li, Chuo, Chi, Guangqing, Jackson, Robert, 2018

Population projection accuracy
Population, Space and Place, Chi, Guangqing, Wang, Donghui, 2018

Spatiotemporal analysis of regional socio-economic vulnerability change associated with heat risks in Canada
Applied Geography, Ho, Hung Chak, Knudby, Anders, Chi, Guangqing, Aminipouri, Mehdi, Lai, Derrick Yuk Fo, 2018

Do Airports Boost Economic Development by Attracting Talent? An Empirical Investigation at the Subcounty Level
Social Science Quarterly, Chen, Xinxiang, Chi, Guanghua, Chi, Guangqing, 2018

The Spatial Heterogeneity of County-Level Fertility in China, Wang, Donghui, Chi, Guangqing, 2018

The Evolving and Complementary Impacts of Transportation Infrastructures on Growth and Development, Kasu, Bishal, Chi, Guangqing, 2018

Population stress
Land Use Policy, Chi, Guangqing, Ho, Hung Chak, 2018

Rural counties chlamydia and gonorrhea rates in Pennsylvania among adolescents and young adults
Annals of Epidemiology, Pinto, Casey N., Dorn, Lorah D., Chinchilli, Vernon M., Du, Ping, Chi, Guangqing, 2017

Remittance-driven migration in spite of microfinance?, Kasu, Bishal, Castañeda, Ernesto, Chi, Guangqing, 2017

Socio-demographic Characteristics Associated with Access to Organic and Local Food, Li, Chuo, Ghiasi, Amir, Li, Xiaponeg, Chi, Guangqing, 2016

Agricultural Productions in Kyrgyzstan, 1990–2014., Wang, Donghui, Hagedorn, Annelise, Chi, Guangqing, Ibraimova, Guljamal, Kelgenbaeva, Kamilya, Henebry, Geoffrey, 2016

Urbanization and Land-Use Change
Sociological Inquiry, Clement, Matthew Thomas, Chi, Guangqing, Ho, Hung Chak, 2015

Safer roads owing to higher gasoline prices
American Journal of Public Health, Chi, Guangqing, Brown, Willie, Zhang, Xiang, Zheng, Yanbing, 2015

Perceptions and barriers to walking in the rural South of the United States
Urban Design International, Li, Chuo, Chi, Guangqing, Jackson, Robert, 2015

Land Developability in 2011 at the Census Track Level in the Continental U.S
Released on September 18, 2014, Chi, Guangqing, Ho, Derrick, 2014

Traffic Fatalities Have Been Declining Steadily Since 2005: Why?, Chi, Guangqing, 2014

Rising Gasoline Prices Lead to the Reduction in Drunk-Driving Crashes, Chi, Guangqing, Brown, Willie, 2014

In-migration to remote rural regions
Landscape and Urban Planning, Chi, Guangqing, Marcouiller, David W., 2013

Gasoline price effects on traffic safety in urban and rural areas
Safety Science, Chi, Guangqing, Quddus, Mohammed A., Huang, Arthur, Levinson, David, 2013

Natural amenities and their effects on migration along the urban-rural continuum
Annals of Regional Science, Chi, Guangqing, Marcouiller, David W., 2013

Mississippi's DUI offender intervention
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Robertson, Angela A., Gardner, Sheena, Xu, Xiaohe, Chi, Guangqing, McCluskey, D. Lee, 2013

Estimating Transport Footprint along Highways at Local Levels
International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Chi, Guangqing, Zheng, Yanbing, 2013

Land Developability: A Measure of the Proportion of Lands Available for Development and Conversion
Released on April 15, 2013, Chi, Guangqing, Ho, Derrick, 2013

The impact of gasoline price changes on traffic safety
Journal of Transport Geography, Chi, Guangqing, Porter, Jeremy R., Cosby, Arthur G., Levinson, David, 2013

Urban-Rural Difference of Gasoline Price Effects on Traffic Safety, Chi, Guangqing, Quddus, Mohammed, Huang, Arthur, Levinson, David, 2013

Understanding the Impact of Gasoline Price Changes on Traffic Safety: A Time Geography Approach, Chi, Guangqing, Porter, Jeremy, Cosby, Arthur, Levinson, David, 2013

Rising Gasoline Prices and Residential Relocation Closer to Workplaces, Chi, Guangqing, Boydstun, Jamie, 2013

"Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R" by Roger S. Bivand, Edzer J. Pebesma, and Virgilio Gόmez-Rubio
Spatial Demography, Chi, Guangqing, 2013

Natural Beauty, Money, and the Distribution of Talent
Population Research and Policy Review, Chen, Xinxiang, Chi, Guangqing, 2012

Gasoline Prices and Traffic Crashes in Alabama, 1999-2009
Traffic Injury Prevention, Chi, Guangqing, Mcclure, Timothy E., Brown, David B., 2012

Estimating Transport Footprint along Highways at Local Levels: Combination of Network Analysis and Kriging Methods, Chi, Guangqing, Zheng, Yanbing, 2012

Recreational homes and migration to remote amenity-rich areas
Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Chi, Guangqing, Marcouiller, David W., 2012

An integrated framework of population change
Growth and Change, Chi, Guangqing, Ventura, Stephen J., 2011

Small-area population forecasting
Population, Space and Place, Chi, Guangqing, Voss, Paul R., 2011

Small-area population forecasting in an urban setting
Journal of Population Research, Chi, Guangqing, Zhou, Xuan, Voss, Paul R., 2011

Poverty, Work, and the Local Environment: TANF and EITC., Parisi, Domenico, Grice, Steven, Chi, Guangqing, Pressgrove, Jedd, 2011

Isolating the Effect of Natural Amenities on Population Change at the Local Level
Regional Studies, Chi, Guangqing, Marcouiller, David, 2011

Population Change and Its Driving Factors in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Areas of Wisconsin, USA, 1970–2000
International Journal of Population Research, Chi, Guangqing, Ventura, Stephen, 2011

Highway expansion effects on Urban racial redistribution in the post-civil rights period
Public Works Management and Policy, Chi, Guangqing, Parisi, Domenico, 2011

Gasoline prices and their relationship to drunk-driving crashes
Accident Analysis and Prevention, Chi, Guangqing, Zhou, Xuan, McClure, Timothy E., Gilbert, Paul A., Cosby, Arthur G., Zhang, Li, Robertson, Angela A., Levinson, David, 2011

Measuring Public School Competition from Private Schools: A Gravity-Based Index
Journal of Geographic Information System, Mishra, Kaustav, Chi, Guangqing, 2011