Advanced Spatial Analysis

This website is preserved as an Archive for the NIH-funded GISPopSci / Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Programs (2005–2013). Current resources in support of
Spatially Integrated Social Science
are now available at the following:


About the Program

The Mission

This Advanced Spatial Analysis program, funded by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), is the successor of the previous GIS and Population Science program. The primary aims of this new program, starting in 2008, are: first, to move beyond basic GIS training to set the highest standards for spatial analysis instruction in the population sciences by offering a series of advanced spatial analysis workshops on such cutting-edge techniques as spatial regression modeling, geographically weighted regression, the integration of spatial and multi-level modeling, and spatial pattern analysis; and, second, to supplement the workshops with the development of resource materials on advanced spatial analysis methods for access by workshop participants and by the broader international community of population scientists via
In support of this mission, the Population Research Institute (The Pennsylvania State University) and the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (University of California, Santa Barbara) have combined their expertise to offer national workshops for Ph.D. students, postdocs, and young faculty in demography and in related fields with research interest in population science.

The Target Audience

Week-long Advanced Spatial Analysis workshops will be offered each year, starting in 2008 and ending in 2011. These workshops are intended to provide intensive training for young researchers in geographic information science specifically tailored toward population science. The primary audience for these workshops are interdisciplinary pre-doctoral students of demography at NICHD-supported population training centers in the United States, institutional members of the wider Association of Population Centers (APC), graduate students in demography-related disciplines from both APC and non-APC institutions (including agricultural economics, anthropology, economics, geography, public health, rural sociology, sociology), as well as young faculty and researchers employed in population agencies. These advanced workshops are for population scientists who already possess a working knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial statistics, and who use these tools in their research.

Host Organizations and Program Funding

The Penn State and UCSB partnership builds on shared expertise in GIS instruction, spatial statistics, and cartographic visualization; shared experience in workshop and conference management; and complementary expertise in demographic science, distance learning, and digital libraries. See About for more information.

The GIS Population Science program is funded by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), as an R25 award titled "Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Program for Population Scientists" (5R25 HD057002-02). The support of NICHD is gratefully acknowledged.