Future Directions in Spatial Demography

In December 2011 a two-day workshop on future directions in spatial demography was convened in Santa Barbara, CA by the NIH Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Program (NICHD 5R-25 HD057002-04), organized by Stephen Matthews (Principal Investigator), Michael Goodchild, and Donald Janelle (Co-Principal Investigators).

The objective was to review the challenges and new directions for spatial demography, identifying gaps in current knowledge regarding innovations in geospatial data, spatial statistical methods, and the integration of data and models to enhance the science of spatial demography in population and health research. The specific questions posed to more than 40 participants included:

  • How are demographers measuring place and the interrelationships among places?
  • How can demographers harness emerging developments in the generation of geospatial data
    (e.g., volunteered geographic information and crowd-sourced data)?
  • How can new measures be validated for use in neighborhood and contextual research?
  • What visualization and spatial analytical methods comprise the current tool kit of the spatial demographer?
  • What new methodological developments in spatial analysis are possible in the next five years and how might these be integrated into mainstream demographic research?
  • What are the training challenges to the enhancement of future research in spatial demography?
  • What research priorities will best advance the applicability of spatial demography to address issues in reproductive health, population health, and other areas of societal need?

Access slide presentations by the featured speakers listed below, short position papers by the
44 spatial demographers who took part in discussions, and the Final Report on Future Directions in Spatial Demography.

Featured Presentations and Position Papers

  • John Logan and Marcia Castro addressed the State of Science in Spatial Demography
  • Michael Goodchild and Deborah Balk discussed Emergent Geospatial Data and Measurement Issues
  • Sergio Rey and Paul Voss reviewed developments in Spatial Statistical Methods
  • Barbara Entwisle and Daniel Sui presented a Synthesis of Challenges and Opportunities

Position Papers

Final Report